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Boy and the World

Nominated for Best Animated Feature – 2016 Academy Awards

A kaleidoscopic journey through Brazil’s colorful jungles and fields, towering cities, and mechanized factories, Boy and the World is a feat of imagination and creative skill. Relying on imagery and the infusion of Brazilian hip-hop, samba, and traditional folk music more than any dialogue, Boy and the World takes children and adults on a journey through a richly imagined landscape.

Cuca’s cozy rural life changes when his father leaves for the city, prompting him to embark on a quest to reunite his family. The young boy’s journey unfolds like a tapestry, the animation taking on greater complexity as his small world expands.

Animal-machines, barrios of decoupage streets and shop windows, and flashing neon advertisements that illuminate the night make up the ever-changing stages of his journey. The story is a “contemporary allegory and an ancient fable,” showing the hazards of a changing world through the eyes of a curious child.

"Utterly lyrical, visually captivating, musically driven and extraordinarily sophisticated...a multicolored tapestry of endless ambition that stimulates our intellect and embraces our hearts!"


"brightly colored, charming film...Abreu is clearly a talent to watch."

LA Times

"Abreu's 'Boy and the World' unleashes the exuberance of a child on the harsh realities of Brazil today. It's both the best children's animated film this year...and, unexpectedly, a more stirring depiction of the deadening modern megalopolis than most heal-the-world documentaries."

NY Times

"It's hard to put into words the wildly imagined beauty of director Ale Abreu's drawing...At once a contemporary allegory and an ancient fable"


"dazzlingly colorful and's a marvel of imagination"

"A vibrant animated vision"

Hollywood Reporter

"Dazzling! Boldly imaginative!"


"Unequivocally the best animated film of the year!"