CANNES–Veteran Czech animator Bretislav Pojar makes a welcome return to North American screens with a delightful mix of live action and animation that should find a receptive audience.
Simple story focuses on 11 year-old Alec, whose father, a ship’s captain, is away for long periods of time. The boy is not popular at school, doesn’t mix with others and daydreams of the far-away places on the postcards sent by his father.
He spends most of his time with the girl next door and talking to his grandfather and a retired professor, whose comments about life give him more to dream about.
After his father sends a collection of cocoons, Alec awakens to find his room filled with butterflies–and a beautiful flying fairy.
When she and Alec play together, the screen lights up with a clever and charming combination of puppets and animation. Using her magic powers, Alec impresses everyone at school with his tricks, including making his sneaker fly.
But Alec derives no satisfaction from this because the tricks are not of his own making, and he learns that solitary days of fantasy aren’t the way to live life to its fullest.
Technically, the film is an imaginative marvel and it should do well after its cinematic release among kids’ collections in vid libraries.
Originally filmed in Czech, the English version has been carefully dubbed. A French version is being prepared.