19 June 2015 | gonzalerena
The lifestyle of Montevidean kids as shaped by a movie
Being that animation is not something usual in the Uruguay film industry I was highly interested in watching this movie. So I rented it, with some expectations already, knowing that it was nominated for several awards. I was still impressed by what this cinematographic piece achieved.
First of all, the story is really simple, but original and well put together. Most of the characters are fun and have certain charm (save for Anina's crush and best friend, which are very bland). It has a somewhat surreal tone but still bases itself upon the childhood memories the people behind this film could have had.
The soundtrack isn't particularly memorable, but it does the job.
The voice acting (I'm talking about the Spanish version) is really solid and breathes life into the characters.
However (sigh) the animation is the weakest part of this great package. It's not awful, but it is somewhat mediocre. The art style is beautiful and yet the characters move poorly. This is were the lack of budget is more evident.
Overall, if you could find this movie, give it a shot. You probably will appreciate it for what it is. Keep in mind that it is the product of a different culture and therefore another reality.