Review: Boy and the World An Enchanting, Animated Wonder


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.

Boy and the World is an animated movie like nothing I have ever watched before. I wanted to watch it again immediately. Majestic and transcendent, this is a worthy best animated feature Oscar nominee. Much more artistic creatively daring, Boy and the World is much better than the bland Minions movie or the Good Dinosaur. I couldn’t take my eyes off this quietly humble, mesmerizing fable.

This boy ventures to urban and unfamiliar landscape that has a barren industrial modern backdrop amongst a bleak, but enchanting, setting. On a lonely quest to find his family is a quirky inspiration that’s borderline magical. I wasn’t sure what was going on, but I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next! A colorful, simplistic design that manages to convey a lot and showcase exquisite detail, Boy and The World is a marvel to behold.

What I admired the most of the Boy and The World was its tender spirit and sweet disposition. This beautiful Brazilian cartoon skimpers along a fine tune of a whimsical whistle. A frantic little boy eager to locate his family becomes a journey of self-discovery. There is also a serious message about deforestation, industry, pollution amongst the eclectic adventure that scares the little protagonist while haunting engaged audiences.

I wanted Boy and the World to be longer so I could immerse myself in this world. This would be a great companion piece to the animated Oscar nominated short World of Tomorrow, which places a curious child into a setting they do now understand. Likewise, it shares similar animation that is simple to the eye but conveys much more to the viewer. Playing in a limited release, I promise this is well worth your time. Add this on your list of must see Oscar nominees before the big night later this month.


  • Cinematography - 7/10
  • Plot/Screenplay - 9/10
  • Setting/Theme - 9/10
  • Buyability - 8/10
  • Recyclability - 9/10

About Kenny Miles

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Whether something is overlooked by Hollywood or whatever business trend has captured the Entertainment Industry’s attention, Kenny Miles loves to talk about movies (especially the cultural impact of a film). He covers various aspects of movies including specialty genre films, limited release, independent, foreign language, documentary features, and THE much infamous "awards season." Also, he likes to offer his opinion on the business of film, marketing strategy, and branding. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado and is a member of the Denver Film Critics Society critics group. When he isn’t writing, Kenny channels his passion for interacting with moviegoers (something most movie pundits lack) as a pollster for the market research company CinemaScore and working as floor staff/special events coordinator in the film community. You can follow him on Twitter @kmiles723.