France, Belgium 2015, 84’
DIR: Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol
PROD: Folimage, Lunanime, France 3 Cinéma, Rhône-Alpes Cinéma
The French-Belgian feature-length co-production Phantom Boy is a brand new animation film by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alan Gagnol. A Cat In Paris was made by the same duo in 2010 and screened a few years ago at Animated Dreams. Like the previous film, the present one is an exciting adventure about various characters who meet by chance and try to sabotage the evil schemes of gangsters.
It is a story about 11-year-old Leo, who lives in New York. Leo is in hospital with a serious illness. Here he meets Alex, a policeman, recovering after a line-of-duty attack by a gangster with a deformed face. The gangster threatens to destroy the whole infrastructure of the city with a computer virus. Disobeying his bosses’ strict instruction not to catch the gangster, Alex teams up with his girlfriend Marie, a journalist. They are helped by little Leo, who has discovered that as a result of his illness, he can leave his body as a phantom and travel invisibly. A gripping chase starts, testing Leo’s bravery and the sharp wits of all involved.
It is not just a detective film but a warmhearted story executed in an outstanding very French visual style, about a small boy, his fight against serious disease and about friendship.