Ballerina (Leap!) (2016) Saturday, 21 September 2019

Ballerina (Leap!) (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    G: General.

  • The pitch:

    Chickens don't fly.

  • Starring:

    (voices of): Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Maddie Ziegler, Carly Rae Jepsen

  • Directed by:

    Eric Summer, Éric Warin

  • Running time:

    89 minutes

  • Rated:

    G (Australia), U (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are punched (off-screen), pursued, threatened with death, mocked, hit with objects, grabbed, attacked by pigeons, electrocuted, dragged, hair-pulled, pushed down stairs, caught in ropes. People dangle precariously/teeter/fall from high ledges, hit their heads, trip over, fall through roofs, fall off a bridge. Image of a young boy getting a knife/darts thrown at him. Motorbike crash. A chicken is thrown from a roof. Objects thrown/smashed/torn/kicked over. Smash your kneecaps mentioned. A story is mentioned of a woman being injured in a fire (no details given). Blood/gore: (None). Characters with eyes that point in different directions, protruding teeth, a hunched back, a walking cane. Bone cracking noises heard.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    (None.) A young boy has a crush on a young girl. An older boy flirts with a young girl. Kissing on hands/cheek, hand-holding. Ogling, swooning. A boy stuffs chickens up his shirt to resemble bosoms. A boy mistakenly says "the Statue of Puberty".

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Pitchers of ale. Bar setting.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling (idiot, rascals, sunshine, thief, liar, rat, dirty, an irritation, witch, insolent, elephant, nothing, stupid, wretch, traitor, biological mutation, fool, beggars, big hairy asparagus, sad, silly, rude, nitwit, etc). Religious references (a character is a nun) and exclamations (oh my god).

  • THEMES:

    Ballet, dance, orphans, ballerinas, dreams, mentors, identity theft, training, invention, crushes, Acadamie Nationale de Musique, Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, mean people, best friends, jealousy.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Orpanage setting. Job loss. Chicken, horses, lightning bugs, pigeons, cat, bird poo. Fart, butt-scratching. Image of a fart being lit. Full moon. Released as LEAP! in some markets.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Heartwarming, charming, goofy, expressive, appealing, fun, generous, light, old-fashioned, affectionate, engaging, vibrant, romantic, infectious, enchanting, funny. Beautiful production design, impressive/stunning/expert/meticulous/realistic/captivating choreography, lively/wondrous/handsome 19th Century Paris period setting, interesting soundtrack, likeable characters.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Predictable, formulaic, conventional, implausible. Shaky/underwhelming opening act.

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