Boy & the world

Boy & the world

Menino e o mundo

DVD - 2016 | Portuguese
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Cuca's cozy rural life in Brazil is shattered when his father leaves for the city. Determined to reunite his family, he embarks on a journey into civilization, where despite the harsh life and industrialized landscape, he finds that peoples' hearts continue to beat together in song.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD Boy
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (81 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in.,stamping
digital,optical,Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
video file,DVD video,region 1
Alternative Title: Menino e o mundo


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Oct 07, 2017

(This review contains some quasi-spoilers.)

Animated children’s drawings amid a riot of colors and sounds – and yet it tells of the coming of an industrial dystopia. The unnamed boy’s father leaves to go find work in the city, and the boy searches for him, has a number of adventures, and comes to realize the dehumanizing aspects of work and the big city. Music (always seen as a protest against the dark forces of the city) is symbolized as colored blobs which coalesce into a giant multicolored phoenix – which battles with the dark bird of industrialization. This is animation like I’ve never seen before, with an innovative soundtrack – and is as effective a statement for our times as Koyaanisqatsi was in the 1980’s. Beautiful, colorful, and ultimately tragic. Not actually a movie for kids, despite the apparent (intentional) naiveté of the art.

Sep 17, 2017

Brazilian animated film written and directed by Alê Abreu. It was nominated at the 88th Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature. The film was created using a mix of both drawing and painting and digital animation. Wonderfully colorful delivering a vividly strong message on life from innocence of childhood and as a child is exposed to the cruelties of the world and work- trying to keep that childlike joy throughout adulthood can be depressing.

There are no words in the movie- it's all emotion.

Library_Jill Sep 07, 2017

Uniquely colorful visuals and engaging music combine to tell this story of a boy who leaves his rural life to search for his father in the city. I loved the movements of the child, as he was animated at the beginning of the movie, and the music that started off beautiful and simple, and ended up more like a scream, complementing the visual assault of the climax. Not exactly a happy story, but perhaps still a hopeful one, this highlights the power of art to deliver a strong message.

Jul 10, 2017

a truly great animated movie from Brazil: visually very refreshing and beautiful, emotionally engaging, with great (unconventional/experimental) music and interesting language (backwards Portuguese); I really enjoyed it; I also watched (and liked it too), the Making of, in Bonus features - it provided a nice overview of all the artists involved and their creative processes. Highly recommended.

Aug 21, 2016

It would have worked better as a short film, so I watched it on fast forward to cut it to 40 minutes.

Jul 28, 2016

I thought it was kinda lame. It was hard to follow and the movie got old after 30 minutes in.


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