Leap! (Ballerina) (PG) Release Date: October 13th, 2017
Runtime: 1 hr. 29 min.
Director: Eric Summer, Éric Warin
Genres: Animation
Starring: Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff, Maddie Ziegler, Carly Rae Jepsen
You can be anything you dream you can be, we tell our children. Do we always let them know how much work is involved in that? In LEAP!, a French Canadian animated film, reminds us of the struggles that come with our desire to be something grand. It reminds us of the hard work, the bravery and the commitment that can take even an orphan girl from living on the streets of 1860s Paris to dancing for the Paris Opera Ballet. This gorgeous animated film uses the actual moves of Paris Opera Ballet legend Aurélie Dupont to make the dance sequences lyrical, luminous and legitimate. Dupont herself acted as the de facto choreographer on the movie, bringing her renowned skill and grace from the stage to the world of computer animation for the first time. Featuring the voices of Elle Fanning (THE BOXTROLLS, WE BOUGHT A ZOO), Dane DeHaan (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2) and pop sensation Carly Rae Jepson (“Call Me Maybe”), who also sings on the soundtrack, LEAP! Is an ode to not only the dreamer and the artist in us all but also the realist and the warrior, the part of us that gets up every morning to practice and improve so that we can reach the heights for which we grasp.