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Boy and the World (2013)

O Menino e o Mundo (original title)
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A little boy goes on an adventurous quest in search of his father.

Director:

Alê Abreu

Writer:

Alê Abreu
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Vinicius Garcia Vinicius Garcia ... Menino (voice)
Felipe Zilse Felipe Zilse ... Jovem e Vozes Adicionais (voice)
Alê Abreu ... Velho (voice)
Lu Horta Lu Horta ... Mãe (voice)
Marco Aurélio Campos Marco Aurélio Campos ... Pai (voice)
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Storyline

An amazing Brazilian animation that truly exemplifies the power of imagery and music as a combination that has more than enough to portray a powerful and deep message. It shows an adventurous quest that illustrates the issues of the modern world through the eyes of a child. A cautionary tale of globalization, The Boy And The World teaches above all the dangers of the massification of the economy, of the mind, and of the soul. Written by Elo Company

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material and images | See all certifications »

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

17 January 2014 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,591, 13 December 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$129,479

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$269,020
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Filme de Papel See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film shows a cotton farm. Cotton production was actually one of the first to adapt to the changes of the early Industrial Revolution. See more »

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Through the eyes of a child
11 February 2016 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. It may not be Pixar, but this wonderful film from Ale Abreu is absolutely worthy of its Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature, though it's heavier on message than story. It's a wonderful reminder that one of the best features of animation is that the look can be unconventional and still be effective.

The stick figure boy is on a mission to re-connect with his father, who left the family's country home to find work in the big city. For Abreu's film, the boy's real purpose is to be our tour guide through this exploration of the state of the "civilized" world. It's an adventure that provides the boy (and us) insight into cities, the sea, the countryside and agricultural life. It's also an examination of the loss of childhood innocence as we are exposed to reality.

A rare hand-drawn presentation is also mixed-media, as it utilizes a few real news clips to emphasize the cluttered, damaged world. It's a different approach in making the arguments regarding climate change, carbon footprints and socioeconomic imbalance. The hand-drawn core here is more complex than what we initially believe. Colors explode onto the screen, and the visuals often carry multiple meanings in depicting the intended message.

Dialogue is minimal and often garbled in a manner that reminds of any adult in the Charlie Brown comics … but we are never confused on what is being conveyed. In addition to the visuals, sound effects play a huge role, as does the music from composers Ruben Feffer and Gustavo Kuriat, and Brazilian jazz favorite Nana Vasconcelos. It's a unique approach to reminding us that our harsh treatment of the planet could play like a horror story or dangerous adventure to the innocent eyes of a child.


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