Feeling the absence of his Father, a Boy leaves behind his quiet life in his village and Mother in search of him, only to discover a world filled with strange people and machinery through his multi-colored and abstract eyes.
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I wish more animations were this poetic, yet political. The sadness of the boy versus the visual trap that human world is will haunt me for days: Abreu does this with such heart and such strong statement, it's remarkable. The sounds, the symbols, the abstractions - it's a trip to take the whole family. Kids will be amused by the strong color trip, grown ups will be astonished by its impact. Art in cinema, golden.
An extraordinarily poetic and powerful film, beautifully animated and a fine alternative to all those wisecracking anthropomorphs - my kids watched this 3 times in 3 days, and when the timeline revelation became clearer on the second viewing, talked about it for a further 3 days.
Strong showcase for animation from director Ale Abreu. A boy's quest to find his father, who has travelled into the city from the family farm to work, becomes a veiled cry for the effects of modernization and the disastrous effects they're having on the planet. Never heavy handed the filmmakers make their point within their wonderful animation.
What an ingenious trip! I wouldn't consider this a children's animation as it is more akin to a political experimental film for all ages. Tightly paced with a wonderful score and very minimalistic but amazing animation (with a rich touch of collages). Cool as it sounds and looks though, I felt like maybe there was too much wandering around and too few story elements in it's first half for my short attention span.
First thing is the white surface, then the colors, their dance, then the music, and of course the sound of the words, the simple lines and voices with their powerful presence. One can't sleep in this festival of awakened shapes and sounds, with their defining straight lines. And how i long to re-watch it, and again become a part of the experience of those big open eyes that are made just with simple pencil lines.