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41 Ratings

Phantom Boy

France, Belgium, 2015
Animation, Fantasy


A super-powered boy helps a wheelchair-bound policeman in his attempt to bring down a mob kingpin.

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Phantom Boy Directed by Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol
Felicioli and Gagnol have a lot of fun with references to Manhattan and Gremlins, not to mention the classic noir visuals found in the best of Fritz Lang, Robert Siodmak and many more. The dialogue is snappy as well—at one point Alex’s angry superior calls him “a cactus shirt I squeeze into every morning.” Despite being in French, the script is salty and sassy enough to feel all American.
July 26, 2016
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The style perfectly expresses the magic, grit and dream-like quality of the narrative. “Phantom Boy” adds layer upon layer of plot as well as a huge cast of characters, and there’s a little bit too much going on at any given moment. The film can be smothered by the obligations of its plot, but it’s still beautiful and original, extremely funny, and sometimes very moving.
July 15, 2016
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Frame after frame, the film carries the imprint of the painstaking and labor-intensive technique. Lines filled with a nostalgic yet effective color palette construct a timeless world with measured suspense and whimsy. Flying around between buildings is stylish, graceful an electrifying all at once. Intriguing and cleverly executed, Phantom Boy is an animated sensation imagined by the spiritual disciples of Hitchcock and Picasso and filtered through the prism of Marvel’s most iconic comic books.
July 15, 2016
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