Boy and the World takes Brazilian soundtrack to the 2016 Oscars
Once upon a time, there was a boy who lived with his family in a house in the countryside where they had their own garden. His father went to the big city in search of better living conditions for everyone. Sad and bewildered, the kid packed up and went to meet him.
This is the story behind the animated feature film Boy and the World, directed by Alê Abreu, who is back in the spotlight for his Oscar nomination in 2016 for Best Animated Feature. "Our film was born as a sincere cry of freedom, love, a political Latin American cry. But above all a cry against the grip that the big industry creates against the potential artists and poets, and against the language of animation itself, "defines the director.
The subtle and naive visual style, animated simply in 2D, with coloured pencils, crayons, glue and paint, has another essential element in the lyrical composition of the plot: the soundtrack. Behind it, there is a heavy-weight team led by Gustavo Kurlat and Ruben Feffer from the company Ultrassom Music Ideas. The work took two years to complete, with many sleepless nights, but in the end yielded a perfect marriage of sound and image. "The process of aligning the soundtrack with the animation was a joint creation. We often did the sounds first and created the animation around that. At other times, the process was the reverse," said Ruben.
The result is a soundtrack that literally has its own language. The few words were created in an invented language: an inverted Portuguese. And it is precisely this lack of recognizable dialogue that makes the sounds elements so essential in the narrative. "The father's flute permeates the entire soundtrack, whose main message is that you do not get ahead with your mind, but with your heart," he says.