Boy and the World
Boy and the World (Portuguese: O Menino e o Mundo) is a 2013 Brazilian animated adventure film written and directed by Alê Abreu.
A boy leaves his small village on an adventurous quest to look for his father and finds himself in a world dominated by machines, animals and aliens.
Why It Rocks
- Extremely unique and beautiful art style and visuals. This makes the movie look like something from a little kid's mind, instead of a generic animated film, similar to Hayao Miyazaki's works.
- Cuca's character design depicts him as a stick figure, which is great to say at best.
- The film does not need dialogue in order to go on with its story. It instead uses music and visuals alone.
- It manages to capture Cuca's imagination as he sees life as if it could never be.
- Great soundtrack that tells the story instead of dialogue.
- The opening scene where Cuca is traveling through a unique place in his imagination is wonderful and eye dropping.
- Amazing story where Cuca needs to find his father and sees the sad reality of the world he lives in.
- On top of that, it's basically a critique of modern society and our world.
- It also looks like a road movie, but with more places to go, such as the countryside, the factory, crowded big cities, etc.)
- It even mocks the vices of advertising and television.
- Cuca could be considered a symbol of the movie, since he practically represents Brazil and how the people have suffered because of modernization.
- Whenever there is dialogue, it's actually backwards Portuguese.
- The parade scene is a beautiful piece of animation.
The film holds a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes with a 7.8/10 average rating based on 56 reviews. The consensus states: "Boy and the World's distinctive animation is visually thrilling – and it's backed up with a daring, refreshingly different storyline that should enthrall younger viewers while resonating deeply with adults". The film also holds an 80/100 Metascore on Metacritic.