Review of Boy and the World (2013)

Moving picture, 80 minutes

Seen in 2018.

A boy’s father leaves on a train. The boy tries to get him back. Beyond their rural backwater, industry reigns.

Wordless picaresque. It’s not 3000 Leagues in Search of Mother (1976); it doesn’t have the emotional punch. It’s a lot more dense though. I like the gently teratomorphic vehicles which maintain a sense of fairytale in the mushrooming depiction of industrialization, urbanization and vague fascism. The way objects simply disappear when the boy leaves them helps the cognitive management of complexity. Great work for such a small crew.

moving picture animation fiction