Starring: Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Nat Wolff, Maddie Ziegler, Carly Rae Jepsen
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Animated adventure directed by Eric Summer and Éric Warin. Set in 1879 Paris, Leap! (2016) follows Felicie (Elle Fanning), an orphan who has one dream, to become a ballerina at the world’s best ballet school. She also has one big problem, she’s stuck in an orphanage with her best friend Victor (Dane DeHaan and also Nat Wolff in the American version) hundreds of miles away. After a hair-raising escape, and a gruelling journey, the partners in crime arrive in the city determined to follow their dreams, Felicie’s is to dance and Victor’s is to become a famous inventor. She is taken in by Odette (Carly Rae Jepsen) to work with her as a house maid, but Odette has a secret. A talented dancer herself until her dreams were shattered, she sees the potential in Felicie and agrees to train her. Driven by her passion for dancing, Felicie goes to extraordinary lengths in order to audition for the role of a lifetime, but now the hard work will begin.
Felicie: Since I can remember I’ve wanted to dance.
Felicie: I’m going to be everything I want to be.
Felicie: I was there with my mom when I was a baby.
Nun: Felicie, I know you have this dream, but dreams are not reality.
Boy: [to Felicie] Are you doing dance or Kung Fu?
Victor: You, a dancer at the ballet? You wouldn’t last more than five minutes out there.
Felicie: Are you sure about that?
Victor: [to Felicie] If you escape with me tonight, our dreams will come true.
Felicie: Do you have a plan?
Victor: A brilliant plan!
Victor: [showing his wing invention to Felicie] I call them chicken wings!
Felicie: Chickens don’t fly!
Man: No one interrupts my nightly face care routine. Come here, chicken boy!
[he starts chasing them across the roof]
Victor: [to Felicie] I will take you to this dance school, and you will become the greatest dancer ever!
[his cape makes him fly up, flip over and go smack into a street light]
Victor: Good morning, sunshine.
Felicie: Ew, when’s the last time your brushed your teeth?
Victor: You will become the greatest dancer and I will become the greatest inventor ever!
Felicie: You’re a weirdo.
Victor: We did it!
Felicie: Paris, a city of dreams.
Felicie: Are you the caretaker?
Odette: Yes, and you can stay with me until you get on your feet.
Merante: Every girl in this room has a chance to dance in my new ballet. Starting tomorrow we’ll have an audition.
'You have the energy of a bullet. You also have the lightness of a depressed elephant.' - Odette (Leap!) Click To Tweet
Odette: Can you dance?
Felicie: Yes. At least I think I can.
Odette: Training starts at 5 AM tomorrow.
Felicie: 5 AM? Can we push to after lunch?
Felicie: [referring to the boy dancing ballet] Who is that?
Girl #1: Rudy.
Girl #2: I love him. He’s so blond.
Camille: [to Felicie] Reality check, little rat. You can work as hard as you like, you can train twenty-four hours a day, but you will always be nothing.
Felicie: So how do I get that part?
Odette: Because you have something she can only dream of. Passion.
Camille: [referring to Felicie] What if she’s good, mother?
Regine: Get that part, do you hear me!
Victor: [to Felicie] I have no idea why you’re happy, but it is great!
Odette: [to Felicie] You’re ready.
Felicie: Do you think it was stupid to come to Paris?
Victor: Don’t say that. We should never give up on our dreams.
Felicie: So how do I get that part?
Odette: You get the part with some passion.
Victor: [as they fly across the city using his invented wings] One day everyone will travel like this!
Merante: Tonight was a good performance.
Merante: [pointing to Felicie’s heart] Dance from right here.
Victor: I like you, Felicie.
Felicie: [as Victor leans in for a kiss] What are you doing?
Victor: Nothing. I’m stretching.
Odette: [to Felicie] No matter what happens, never give up on your dreams. You can do it.