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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.


  • Vinicius Garcia
  • Felipe Zilse
  • Alê Abreu
  • Lu Horta
  • Marco Aurélio Campos

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  • All the drawings were hand-made by director Alê Abreu.
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Feb 26, 2016

Emotionally engaging and unhampered by dialogue, Boy the World will appeal to children with its deceptively simple story and its visual splendor.

Metacritic review by Tirdad Derakhshani
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
Feb 4, 2016

The little boy here, a stick-figured, button-headed, wide-eyed tot with a signature red-and-white striped shirt, 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.

Metacritic review by Miriam Di Nunzio
Miriam Di Nunzio
Chicago Sun-Times
Dec 8, 2015

Even if the film could be accused of lacking subtlety and overloading on whimsy, it spreads a sobering message in a lucid story that remains visually alive and inventive throughout — its aesthetic keeps constantly shifting yet remains fluid.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter