Phantom Boy

Phantom Boy

DVD - 2016
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A boy with the power to leave his body and float and a cop injured in the line of duty have twenty-four hours to prevent a gangster from bringing New York to its knees.
Audience: OFA rating: PG.
Publisher: Universal City : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, 2016.
Branch Call Number: J DVD FIC Phant
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (85 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
In English dubbed in French.

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booksmile
Jun 27, 2018

Poor writing...I kept expecting the cop story or the whole thing to turn out to be from a storybook or created by one of the children. I didn't feel attached to the characters or interested in the story.

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Kamytournesol
May 23, 2017

Mon fils de 9 ans et moi avons adoré. L'histoire est facile à suivre et sans perte d'intérêt. On ne nomme pas les émotions et les sentiments des personnages mais on les ressent très bien. Une bien belle histoire pour un jeune public.

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Curiouskind
Mar 07, 2017

A poignant film about what a child might experience when stricken with a serious illness and is forced to come to terms with very adult issues through a sweet boy, Leo (voiced by Edouard Baer), and the relationships with his family members as they try to find the strength and different ways to cope with Leo's illness in private and while outwardly being supportive of Leo in the best way they know how when at his bedside. When he falls ill and requires an extended stay at the hospital, I suppose there isn't much to do with your time but to think about why your circumstance has come to be, then imagine, and develop your imagination. And imagine he does. He depicts himself as an unlikely hero who helps find resolution to an elaborate crime plot, but this is contrary to his reality to resolve his own mysterious illness and acknowledges he has his limitations. As a phantom, there is a touching scene where he hears a private conversation between his parents and then his younger sister, who is about 3-4 years old, in the playroom at the hospital. Even though his family tries to conceal their fears and concerns, Leo senses their confusion and distress about what else they can do to help. I think its subtle and expandable themes make an enduring story in a creative format. I remember seeing this film playing at the Roxie Theater, an art venue, and hope that people will come to appreciate, value, and support these movie houses for the quality of and sometimes limited-release films shown at similar venues.

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somedude
Jan 09, 2017

Honestly, judging from the animation alone, I was expecting something more lighthearted. Aside from one fantastical occurrence (well, I guess the ending makes two), this could’ve easily been made into a live action film. All in all, it was amusing and entertaining. One last note, it was odd to watch something between a cross from Arthur (PBS cartoon) and a straight up procedural cop drama. How’s that for bizarre? Rated PG.

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