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Review of the cartoon "The Ballerina"

Honed to the tastes of little girls is a beautiful multistory about a small orphan who dreams of a ballet stage.

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Felis, the French orphan who lives at the end of the 19th century, dreams of becoming a ballerina. When she manages to escape from the orphanage and get to Paris, the girl gets a job as a cleaner and pretends to be a young rich woman who serves to enter the ballet school at the Paris Opera. Since Feliz does not understand much about ballet, she at first becomes a laughingstock in her class. However, the maid serving with her turns out to be a former ballerina, and she helps Feliz master Batman, Plie and Fouette.

A frame from the cartoon "The Ballerina"

A frame from the cartoon "The Ballerina"

In the English version of the cartoon, the main rival of the main character was voiced by Maddy Ziegler - a young dancer from the clips of pop star Siya. Most of all, it is known from the clip Chandelier

"Boys dream of saving the world, and girls dream of dancing ballet." Obviously, this is the stereotype used by French and Canadian animators when they came up with a full-length cartoon about a girl who, instead of magical or fantastic adventures, "plows" from an improvised ballet to realize her long-standing dream. From the male point of view, this narrative is sorely lacking in scope, but for boys the cartoon is clearly not calculated. Girls "Ballerina" may well be to the heart. Especially if young spectators like to dance or watch others dance.

A frame from the cartoon "The Ballerina"

A frame from the cartoon "The Ballerina"

The Russian band MBAND recorded the song "The Ballerina", which was included in the soundtrack of the Russian dubbing cartoon

Another thing is that the cartoon authors did not dare to go beyond the genre stamps. "Ballerina" is discouragingly banal and predictable. If you've seen movies like "Guy-karate"Where also it is a question of a young character who is engaged under the direction of a cleaner, then you know in advance almost every plot twist. In the "Ballerina" even there is a "ballet fight", where the main character and her main rival for a place on the stage try to dance each other. However, this is a problem more for the adults who have been watched, than for children who have not yet managed to get tired of the clusters of screen clichés.

A frame from the cartoon "The Ballerina"

A frame from the cartoon "The Ballerina"

At least, the "Ballerina" correctly places emphasis when trying to teach children a life lesson. The film does not try to assure that every girl can become a Grand opera ballerina, and quite definitely says that for success in this profession, considerable natural talent, hard work (both physical and spiritual) and the help of knowledgeable and demanding mentors are needed. From the chair in the stalls the ballet may seem light and airy, but in fact each one is given later and blood. It is clear that there is no blood in the "Ballerina", but it's easy to imagine when you imagine how much effort Felis has to invest in each ballet position.

A frame from the cartoon "The Ballerina"

A frame from the cartoon "The Ballerina"

Graphics "Ballerina" is as impressive as the industriousness of the main character. When you watch non-Hollywood cartoons, they always want to make a discount on the lack of access to American super-budgets, but the "Ballerina" does not need such a discount. This is a large-scale and technically masterful production, carefully recreating the old Paris (of course, in the "open" version, without focusing on its worst aspects) and beautifully conveyed the grace and grace of ballet dance. It is felt that the authors of the tape are in love with the skill of the dancers and that they are struggling to convey their love to the audience.

A frame from the cartoon "The Ballerina"

A frame from the cartoon "The Ballerina"

Unfortunately, this love for some reason does not apply to classical ballet music. In the cartoon you can hear fragments of "The Nutcracker", but basically the tape is sounded trivial modern pop, and not even hit. It's strange to watch how classical pas are performed under compositions that require very different dances. Because of this, the best dance scene of the "Ballerina" is an episode in which Felis, having flared up in a tavern for the common people, dances a folk dance in the Irish spirit with proper folk music. This scene is so exciting and energetic that after it begins to seem that the girl digs into the ground her true dance talent when fixed in the ceremonial ballet. Igor Moiseyev would have been there, he would know where to find Felis!

A frame from the cartoon "The Ballerina"

A frame from the cartoon "The Ballerina"

In addition to dancing, dance exercises, old Paris, modern music and charming central characters in the cartoon, there are a lot of jokes and gags, the main source of which is Victor - the boy with whom Felis escapes from the shelter. In Paris, Victor settles in the studio of Gustav Eiffel (the cartoon's action develops during the construction of the Eiffel Tower), and he helps Feliz with his inventions and comical cheering. He also becomes one of the tops of a chaste love triangle with Feliz and an attractive, but a narcissistic dancer from the senior class who conquers the girl with sharpened pas. Victor, unlike the competitor, is incoherent and unfortunate. But he is selflessly in love with Felis, and he sincerely desires that her dream come true.

In general, the "Ballerina" leaves the impression of a successful, entertaining and beautiful cartoon, but mostly focused on little girls. Boys and adults are likely to be bored during the session. However, what kind of boy will pull his parents to a cartoon called "The Ballerina"? So it would be strange to insert something in the picture for those who hardly want to see it.

Since 26 January at the cinema.

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