Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Boy and the World: Elegantly exploring the wonder of childhood

The wonder of life’s shortest season, childhood, is explored in Boy and the World, a magical and often bleak parable about societal clashes.

Courtesy of GKids/Boy and the World (2016).

3.5 out of 4 stars

Written by
Ale Abreu
Directed by
Ale Abreu
Starring
Marco Aurelio Campos, Vinicius Garcia, Lu Horta
Genre
Family
Classification
PG
Country
USA
Language
English

The wonder of life's shortest season, childhood, is explored in Boy and the World, a magical and often bleak parable about societal clashes.

Crayoned with a kid's bold, imaginative eye and strange elegance, the handcrafted animated feature from the Brazilian filmmaker Ale Abreu follows a farm boy in search of a departed father, a journey that is rife with colourful music and mechanized, harsh urban realities.

Factories and slums are grim; elsewhere the child is captivated by campfires, kaleidoscopes and fireworks – things to gaze upon that are always open to interpretation.

Story continues below advertisement

A short scene using stock-film images of the Earth's ugly harvesting abruptly disrupts the dreamlike animation, but the rudeness is no doubt the point.

And while the senses of young audiences will be dazzled but not overloaded, the abstract style and pointed sociopolitical observations might find more appreciation from grown-up art-house fans and those ever young.

Report an error Licensing Options
About the Author

Brad Wheeler is an arts reporter with The Globe and Mail. More

Comments

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨