Boy and the World

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

Poignant hand-drawn story promotes family, environmentalism.

PG 2015 83 minutes

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Based on 5 reviews

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age 4+

Perfect movie

This is one of my top 10 favorite movies and am so glad we choose it for our last movie night. My 2 and 4 year old loved it and asked to watch it again the next day. It wont be for every family. It has no dialogue but doesn’t need any with an incredible soundtrack and stunning art work. The themes of capitalism, culture, environmentalism, poverty, exploitation, family and friendship are beautifully told. These themes give movie night a lot to dig into to for sure. There are some slightly scary scenes that depict war and revolution and culminates as two birds fighting- I think the colorful bird represents the culture of the boy’s family and the other black bird represents the modern world and consumerism. The battle is intense and leaves the land dark and ruined. Also the boy’s father leaves in the beginning and doesn’t come back- the movie is a story of him trying to find his father and could be intense for sensitive children. The boy meets friends along the way who are kind to him but experiences many sad and beautiful things in the world. So again, not for every family but we all really enjoyed it.

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age 8+

Beautiful animation-perfect for conversation

It was challenging to get my 9 year old to accept a movie with no dialog. With some encouragement he came around about 20 minutes in. Because the movie lacked dialog we were able to discuss our impressions of the plot real-time.

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