Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo) (2015) - Rotten Tomatoes

Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo) (2015)



Critic Consensus: Boy and the World's distinctive animation is visually thrilling -- and it's backed up with a daring, refreshingly different storyline that should enthrall younger viewers while resonating deeply with adults.

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Cuca's cozy rural life is shattered 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. Entering civilization, industrial landscapes are inhabited by animal-machines, with barrios of decoupage streets and shop windows, and flashing neon advertisements that illuminate the night. The story depicts a clash between village and city, hand crafted and mechanized, rich and poor - and throughout the tumult, the heart and soul of the people beats on as a song. The film's music is on equal footing with the stunning visuals, a soundscape of pan-flute, samba, and Brazilian hip-hop mixing with the whirling carnival colors and exploding fireworks.

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Critic Reviews for Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo)

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (19)

Abreu's visionary movie is a restless and dynamic creature that is forever reconstituting itself into complex visual and musical landscapes.

February 26, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Although the film is a bit abstract and largely free of dialogue (what little speaking there is is a whispered babble of tongues), it has a universal simplicity-we're seeing life through the wide, innocent eyes of a naif.

February 25, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Abreu handcrafted his images, and the imagination from which those images spring is astonishingly fertile.

February 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The little boy here... is one of the most distinctive and adorable animated characters you'll ever come across, and his introduction to "the world out there" is a moving revelation indeed.

February 8, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This magical Brazilian fantasy by Alê Abreu reminded me of Nina Paley's Sita Sings the Blues and Tomm Moore's The Secret of Kells in its crafty combination of simply drawn characters (the boy) and ornate geometrical patterns (the world).

February 4, 2016 | Full Review…

Writer-director Ale Abreu's use (sparing but striking) of the blank-page aesthetic makes the frequent, lavish splashes of kaleidoscopic color all the more interesting.

February 4, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo)


With a simple and lovely animation in pencil and crayon full of blank spaces contrasted with a kaleidoscope of images to show a world seen through the eyes of a child, this is an impressive story that grows to become a relevant commentary, even if it is not really subtle in doing so.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


"The Boy and the World" is first an foremost a vibrant and beautiful world of hand-drawn animation that will have you in awe. Aside from this aspect, it is an extremely simple (and silent) tale of a boy travelling the world in search of his father. That is truly the only plot worth mentioning here. Told through amazing visual details of our world and how things we see are much larger from a child's point of view. This picture is very smart. As staircases pop up, they go on and on forever, but when the audience sees it from a distance, the adult world is a much smaller place. This is a very unique depiction of the world as we know it and how it differs in terms of how different people see it. The biggest downfall for me is that the film is solely about his journey and offers nothing too thought-provoking on the side. in the end, this is a very well-animated film that is definitely worth watching if you have the patience to do so. "The Boy and the World" is a sweet little tale. Worthy of it's best picture nomination for Best Animated Feature Film at the Oscars? I am not so sure about that.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Meticulously hand-drawn, the crafted world is a marvel to behold. Featuring a touching story of a small boy trying to reunite his family, this has more heart and soul and raises more questions about life through the eyes of a child than any of the Blockbuster 3D animated films of last year. Loved it and it has a powerful message and great soundtrack.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

Super Reviewer

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