"Celebrate the holiday season with the inspirational and uplifting family film Leap!, a colorful and imaginative story about an orphan girl who is determined to follow her dream of becoming a ballerina. Filled with irresistible original music, Leap! features the hit track Cut to the Feeling." That is the official description for Leap!, now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from Lionsgate, which has provided NewTechReview with a Digital copy for review.
I honestly don't understand why this film didn't get more attention because it's a wonderful example of how story, performance, and production can be done to create a really enjoyable experience. Leap! is an animated adventure that although is clearly aimed at children is still something adults will love as well.
The story follows Felicie (Elle Fanning), a young orphan girl who dreams of going to Paris to become a dancer (a ballerina to be more specific). With her best friend Victor (who also has a dream of his own to become a great inventor), the two escape the orphanage and find their way to Paris, but get separated upon arrival. Felicie finds her way to the Opera Ballet School where she befriends the school custodian, Odette (Carly Rae Jepsen), who eventually becomes her teacher and helps her to realize her dream. Of course, there's quite a bit more to the story... some drama and mystery, but I don't want to spoil it for you.
Unfortunately, I can't comment on the Blu-ray edition since we only received a Digital copy for this title. I know our readers want us to focus on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD whenever possible. However, the Digital edition was quite nice and presented a very colorful, vibrant and clear visual experience with wonderful Pixar-like animation. And the audio track truly stood out with the beautiful soundtrack as well as some catchy, original songs.
The bonus features provided with Leap! include a featurette entitled In the Recording Booth with Kate McKinnon, Nat Wolff, and Maddie Zieglar, which provides interviews with the actors. There is also a featurette entitled Behind-the-Scenes Video Gallery that shows some making of content for the film in three parts: The Birth of a Dream, Animating the Dance, and Reconstructing 19th Century Paris.
As I mentioned earlier, I'm surprised Leap! didn't get more attention. It combines a great story with excellent voice acting, top-notch animation, and a wonderfully engaging soundtrack. It may not be a Pixar film, but it's definitely in the same league. In my opinion, your kids will love it and I believe you'll enjoy watching it with them as well.
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* Amazon: http://amzn.to/2CSmV8b
* Website: lionsgate.com