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Tito and the Birds

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Boy fights an epidemic in dark, scary animated tale.

Movie NR 2019 73 minutes
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This film is a laudable visual achievement, and watching oil paints in motion, manipulated through digital artistry, carries a viewer through a well-meaning but undercooked plot. The plot device of an infectious disease cynically used by a real estate mogul to boost business will resonate these days and may provide an opening for discussions about what's on young minds right now: an epidemic of both disease and fear.

Tito and the Birds was first released in 2018, when Brazil had elected a far right-wing president with fear-mongering strategies. The premise that birds -- street pigeons, specifically -- hold the solutions to our problems seems a stretch. And as the plot rolls along and tensions rise, that wobbly premise feels less and less able to sustain our belief. We don't know why birds have the answers, and when the cure comes, it's not clear how the birds were able to help us, apart from singing. In what world does singing cure disease?

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