Animated


Leap!


MPAA Rating:
PG
Genre:
Animated
Runtime:
89 mins
Stars:
Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff, Carly Rae Jepsen, Maddie Ziegler, Kate Mckinnon,
Director:
Eric Summer, Éric Warin
Producer:
Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou, and Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky

Content at a Glance

1
Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
0

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
0

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


boy kisses woman’s hand; young boy and young girl kiss; woman and a man kiss.

Language


name-calling, such as little rat, idiot, liar and stupid; statue of liberty called statue of puberty.

Violence


man on motorcycle chasing children; girl throws music box out a window and it breaks; woman trying to hurt and kill a young girl.

Drugs


a pub scene.

Nudity


none.

Other


being rude to others; taking something that does not belong to you; lying about one’s identity.


Trailer



Synopsis

Eleven-year-old orphan Félicie (Elle Fanning) has one dream – to go to Paris and become a dancer. Her best friend Victor (Nat Wolff), an imaginative but exhausting boy with a passion for creating, has a dream of his own – to become a famous inventor. In a leap of faith, Victor and Félicie leave their orphanage in pursuit of their passions. But – there’s a catch, Félicie must pretend to be the child of a wealthy family in order to gain admittance to the prestigious and competitive Opera Ballet School in Paris. And with no professional dance training, she quickly learns that talent alone is not enough to overcome the ruthless, conniving attitudes of her fellow classmates, led by the devious Camille Le Haut (Maddie Ziegler) and her wicked mother Régine (Kate McKinnon). Determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette (Carly Rae Jepsen) who, along with Victor’s encouraging friendship, help her reach for the stars.


Movie Message

Watching “Leap!” felt a little like going back in time. Not necessarily because of the setting of the story in 19th century France, but more because the nature of the movie felt like 20 years ago. Actually, in a nice way. The dialogue was simple and the characters were a bit rough; and I took a deliberate mental shift to settle into the foreign-feeling production. That’s when Leap! leapt.

It’s easy to sit back, and enjoy this delightful story of a young orphan’s dream to dance ballet. The animation is quirky and gorgeous. It’s France and the ballet – what’s not to like?! The story is of Félicie and Victor, escaping their oppressive orphanage run by a stern Catholic-esque nun (complete with a goofy but well-intended sidekick) to pursue their fantastic dreams in the boundless thrill of Paris. We adventure with Félicie as she faces hardship and obstacles to becoming a dancer and at a pivotal moment, she seizes an opportunity to step into another dancer’s shoes. Literally. She steals the identity of the spoiled rotten Camille and that bad decision sets the stage for a twisty story that’s peppered with a great mix of good, evil, raucous and beautiful characters.

The orphans seem to be high school age, but they look too young for the teeny romantic story that gets clunked in the middle of the action. Overall, the characters are drawn better than they’re developed, so go in with a expectation of a light, breezy adventure that’s well-suited for the whole family, and you will leave with some nice examples of kindness, hard work and the reward of following the true passion of your heart.

For All Ages

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