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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!"


Movie Info

Directed by Alê Abreu
80 minute runtime
Rated PG | Musical / No Dialogue

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