LEAP! (2016 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.3|5.0 Starsìììì

Leap!with class and style—goes far beyond the ‘pump and trump’ of its trailer to deliver an animated feature that competes with some of Disney’s best animation classics. The characters are memorable and well developed. Elle Fanning and Dane DeHaan’s voices lend just the right mix to their characters. The music completely supports the scenes and makes them POP. The script, refreshingly and humanly sweet, tells an old story so that we don’t mind hearing it again: Wishes come true for those who dare to dream and back that dream with hard work and good attitude. Great work for all involved. The only small criticism is the music that supports the scene toward the end of the movie where Felicie dances on the orphanage rooftop. The music for this scene needs mellowing so that it is not quite so ‘bright’. Other than that, it’s GREAT work by all involved.

Storyline

Orphan Felicie dreams she has the potential to be an outstanding ballerina.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Eric Summer for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producer Jean Aubert for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Felicie (voice of Elle Fanning), Victor (voice of Dane DeHaan), Odette (voice of Carly Rae Jepsen), Camille (voice of Maddie Ziegler), Mérante/Postman (voice of Terrence Scammell), Rudolph/Mathurin (voice of Tamir Kapelian), Regine (voice of Julie Khaner), Director of Opera (voice of Joe Sheridan), Dora/Rosita (voice of Elana Dunkelman), Nora (voice of Shoshana Sperling), Greasy Guard/Janitor (voice of Jamie Watson), and Mother Superior (voice of Bronwen Mantel).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This one’s a gotta-love-it winner that performs excellently for age 8 and up. BRAVO!

Ben Meyers

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