Celebrate with the inspirational and uplifting family film Leap!, on Digital HD and Blu-ray™ (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD, and On Demand from Lionsgate. Featuring all-star voice talent led by Elle Fanning (Maleficent), alongside Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) and Maddie Ziegler (The Book of Henry), with Mel Brooks (Spaceballs), featuring Carly Rae Jepsen (singer-songwriter of the hit song “Call Me Maybe”) and Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”), Leap! is a colorful and imaginative story about an orphan girl who is determined to follow her dream of becoming a ballerina. Filled with irresistible original music, Leap! features the hit track “Cut to the Feeling.”
Eleven-year-old orphan Félicie (Fanning) has one dream — to go to Paris and become a dancer. Her best friend, Victor (Wolff), an imaginative, exuberant 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 (Ziegler). Determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette (Jepsen), who, along with Victor’s encouraging friendship, help her reach for the stars.
An animated adventure the whole family will enjoy, the Leap! home entertainment release includes a behind-the-scenes video gallery and a look at stars Kate McKinnon, Nat Wolff, and Maddie Ziegler in the recording booth. Leap! is available on Blu-ray (plus DVD and Digital HD) and DVD for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.
BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES
- “In the Recording Booth with Kate McKinnon, Nat Wolff, and Maddie Ziegler” Featurette
- Behind-the-Scenes Video Gallery:
- The Birth of a Dream
- Animating the Dance
- Reconstructing 19th Century Paris
My thoughts: When it comes to family viewing, I cannot think of a better movie than this one. While Leap! is geared towards those in elementary school and below, I think that even the parents may enjoy the themes that are presented. It’s all about going after your dreams no matter what. There’s the typical mean girl, mean mother, love triangle, and some notably wacky moments, but at the end of it all, dreams are what propel Félicie to never give up on the dreams that are beating within her heart.
However, there are a couple of other important themes as well. The end never justifies the means. And above all, do not forget who you are and try to be someone you are not. Deceit is never the way to get ahead, as young Félicie learns in a very painful lesson. And I am grateful to see that even in a kids’ film like this, morality is emphasized.
Some may complain about the elements that are unbelievable. Of course, the story is a bit far-fetched. But what animated children’s film isn’t? We watch movies about fairy tales and minions, so having reality strained for an hour and a half of good, clean fun is certainly not out of the realm of possibilities.
As far as any potentially objectionable issues, there is only one where a character passes gas. There is no profanity or anything indecent. There are some scary elements for very young children, but honestly no more frightening than a typical Disney fairytale. I found the animation well-executed, the music inspirational, and the voice acting expertly done.
Understand that this is not a movie that will win an Academy Award, but it is one that is family-friendly and motivational as well as being pure entertainment!
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Year of Production: 2016
Title Copyright: Leap! © 2016 Mitico – Gaumont – M6 Films – PCF Ballerina Le Film Inc. All Rights Reserved. Package Design © 2017 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: PG for some impolite humor and action
Genre: Family/Kids, Animation, Adventure
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Feature Run Time: 89 Minutes
Blu-ray™ Format: 1080p High Definition, 16×9 Widescreen 2.35:1 Presentation
DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen 2.35:1 Presentation
Blu-ray™ Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio