From directors Alberto Vazquez and Pedro Rivero, Birdboy: The Forgotten Children is a darkly comic, beautiful and haunting tale of coming of age in a world gone to ruin. Gorgeous graphic imagery brings to life a surreal and discordant world populated by adorable animated critters, searching for hope and love in the story based on Alberto Vázquez’s graphic novel and award-winning short film.
There is light and beauty, even in the darkest of worlds. Stranded on an island in a post-apocalyptic world, teenager Dinky and her friends hatch a dangerous plan to escape in the hope of finding a better life. Meanwhile, her old friend Birdboy has shut himself off from the world, pursued by the police and haunted by demon tormentors. But unbeknownst to anyone, he contains a secret inside him that could change the world forever.
The movie follows these friends who want to find a way to escape this apocalyptic world they’re in and the dark forces that lurk inside it. Dinky wants Birdboy to go with them but it’s almost like he knows he belongs in the dark world. He’s the silent hero-type who is also battling the demon inside and with a little help from Dinky he overcomes his dark urges and ultimately transcends into the light that this dark world so desperately needs. The road getting to this point isn’t a pretty one for Birdboy but in the end it’s all about finding that one little shred of hope and he ultimately delivers it.
The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the creepy cool artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve also features more artwork. Each disc features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.
Bottom line is, Birdboy: The Forgotten Children ended up being a fascinating coming-of-age story that’s full of unique characters, but make no mistake about it, this animated feature is not for kids. These are innocent looking animal characters that are inserted into a dark fairy tale. The story is about good versus evil and it deals with drug use, depression, suicide and even bullying. As dark as this sounds, it also deals with kindness and the power it has over this darkness. Fans of South Park will be familiar with this simple looking animation style but there’s a lot that goes into this and it looks amazing – terrifying but amazing. Directors Alberto Vazquez and Pedro Rivero have created this highly imaginative fantasy that plays like a trippy nightmare from beginning to end and I really enjoyed it. Birdboy: The Forgotten Children will be available on Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack on March 13th.
Distributor: Shout! Factory and GKIDS
Run Time: 76 Minutes
Rated: Not Rated
Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)
Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1)
DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French
Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include an interview with the filmmakers, two short films, two trailers and a teaser.
- Interview with the Filmmakers (12:42)
- Birdboy Original Short Film (13:08)
- Decorado Short Film by Alberto Vázquez (11:13)
- U.S. Trailer (02:02)
- Spanish Trailer (02:08)
- Teaser (00:30)