Sep 30, 2013

O Menino E O Mundo (The Boy And The World) Teaser - A Colorful Brazilian Animated Feature

Colorful, hopeful, sobering - Just a few phrases that come to mind after watching a few trailers for O Menineo e o Mundo, an upcoming animated feature directed by illustrator Alê Abreu. The premise is bound to be heartwarming, following the journey of a village boy into the modern world (São Paulo) as seen through his eyes and imagination, in the search for his father. This colorful feature film looks like it will have it's ups and downs as well, and it reminds me of Benh Zeitlin's recent Beasts of the Southern Wild, which featured a girl called Hushpuppy dealing with a difficult life through the power of her imagination.

Even down to the art style, the journey of the boy will reflect the power of his imagination in the face of reality, with it waning the closer he gets to the realities of the city. I'm really hoping this dialogue-less feature will show up on US shores at some point, as the message of the movie itself is universal in it's appeal. O Menineo e o Mundo - Algun Sonhos Sobrevivem (Some dreams survive) is set to premiere in January in Brazil with no word yet as to international distribution.

Suffering from the absence of his father, a boy leaves his village and discovers a fantasy world dominated by animal-machines and strange beings. An animation unusual made ​​of various artistic techniques that illustrates the problems of the modern world through the eyes of a child.

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