Well, I praise a lot, particularly the European animations for
preserving the 2D animation. That does not mean they lack behind in 3D
format. The recent film 'The Little Prince' was the perfect example of
a quality 3D animation outside Hollywood. Pars with Disney, Pixar
standards. Technically, as well as the story contents. But the
quantities are very less and also making it a bit expensive. So they
usually prefer producing it in the English language for the
wider/international market, keeping North America particularly in mind.
This is a French English-language film that co-produced by Canada.
This is a nice film, that particularly targets little kids and mostly
the girl audience to inspire Ballerina. Cute characters and scenes, but
very familiar story. Shares lots of similarities with 'August Rush',
except the field of interest. I am not an expert or know all about
Ballet, but some of the parts involving them were turned me off. I know
the gravitation force is irrelevant in animation since they're not real
world to comply with science, but maybe I'm being an adult and knowing
that stuff might have influenced me to think that way. It reminds me
I'm really an adult, though this film should be watched as a kid
despite whatever you are. However, nothing affected me from enjoying
It sets in the 80s of the 19th century France. At the time when Eiffel
Tower and Statue of Libery were on the construction, a poor orphan girl
named Felicie escapes orphanage with another boy to pursue her dream to
be a ballerina. Then they arrive in Paris, and very soon they find
their separate ways to achieve the goals. Not all smooth sail,
especially for her. So she takes the opportunity that comes her way,
even after knowing it was wrong to do.
❝You have something that she can only dream of: passion!❞
From there, with all the complications tailing her, how far she could
go to make her dream come true. Which also includes the amount of
dedication put on her undertaking to meet the expectations of her
trainer, rivals and many others. And to show the world the interest is
not simply based on enthusiasm, but willingness to sacrifice anything
for it. Her journey from nothing to the edge of something new to define
her life is the film that briefs for just short of 90 minutes.
This is not another 'Billy Elliot'. Animations are usually comedy,
fantasy and musical, but recently the adventures and science fictions
are surging. I don't remember I ever have seen an animated dance flick.
Not the classical dance, not in the modern 3D animation format. The
closest one was a decade old 'Happy Feet'. So that makes it is a unique
product and comes under a must see for all the animation fans. But the
storyline is predictable and many sequences were intentionally dragged
to be cliché. Because it works, particularly if they're aiming for the
younger generation who haven't seen many films in their lives. Only we
the grownups whine.
Most of the voice-over artists are well known Americans actors which
boosted the film. The character combinations are good. It brought the
variety, especially slightly to ride off the main theme in a few
occasions. Like the boy's interest in inventing things which were other
major parts of the twist and turns in the narration. It is not a great
animation if it was from Hollywood, but coming from France and the
theme it focused on, the effort must be appreciated. Overall a much
better film than what the average reviews and ratings around the
internet says. It is a ballet film means not those who love it should
watch it, but those target audience should not miss it. That means
generally worth a watch, but not for everyone.