Ballerina (titled Leap! in the United States) is a 2016 3D computer-animated musical adventure comedy film co-directed by Éric Summer and Éric Warin and written by Summer, Carol Noble and Laurent Zeitoun. A co-production between Canadian and French companies, the film follows a poor orphan girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina and gets a chance to audition for the celebrated school of the Paris Opera Ballet.
Best friends Félicie and Victor hatch a plan to escape from their rural orphanage in 19th-century France. Félicie dreams of becoming a ballerina, while Victor wants to use his brainpower to invent things. After busting out, Félicie makes her way to the Paris Opera where she joins a class of highly trained dancers who are auditioning for the lead in the production of "The Nutcracker."
Why It Rocks
- It's an inspirational story with positive messages about never giving up and chasing your dreams.
- Beautiful animation, with every little detail being flawless.
- Elle Fanning does a really great performance as Félicie. Even Dane DeHaan and Nat Wolff do a great performance as Victor in the French and English version respectively.
- It truly captures the magic of Paris at the turn of the century.
- The battle between Félicie and Camille is adorable and hilarious to watch.
- The lack of romance in the movie makes it more realistic and puts it in contrast to Disney's usual offering.
- Although it's mainly made for kids, adults can still enjoy it too.
- Odette, Félicie's mentor, is very encouraging and is able to train Félicie and have her overcome her lack of formal training and become really talented.
- The music is really great and well-composed, especially Carly Rae Jepsen's song "Cut To The Feeling" and Sia's song "Suitcase".
- Although it's inspiring, the plot is really familiar and predictable.
- The subplot for Victor could've been used more, giving him some more character development.
- Camille is a really unlikeable character, as she bullies Félicie and even breaks her music box. Though to be fair, she's like that because of her mother.