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Boy and the World

This animated Brazilian film is part whimsical child’s fable, and part cautionary tale about eco-issues

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In this Brazilian animated feature from Alê Abreu, a young boy from a small farm sets out for the big city searching for his father, who has left to seek work. In his travels, he finds delights small and grand, as well as helpful people. But he also finds tough times, especially for workers, whether employed by giant agriculture entities or toiling in factories. The charms of the city — the light and sounds — are underscored with darker aspects, such as pollution and a blind emphasis on consumption. The film is part whimsical child’s fable, and part cautionary tale about eco-issues. Boy and the World was nominated for Best Animated Film at this year’s Oscars, and it is truly a visual spectacle. Wildly colorful, it combines childlike drawings and kaleidoscopic effects with patterns and even collage. It is dialogue-free, its story told through visuals, sounds and music.


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