OUT NOW / CERT U / 89 MINS Eric Summer, éric Warin DIRECTORS Elle Fanning, Dane Dehaan, CAST Maddie Ziegler
FRANCE, 1879. ESCAPING rural brittany, a ballet-obsessed orphan steals a student’s place at paris’ grand Opera House. Can she bag a part in The Nutcracker before she’s rumbled? Imagine The Karate Kid with grand jetés and you’ve got this vivacious French-canadian cartoon, and its target audience of ballet-mad little girls will find everything on pointe: the animation’s bursting with character and the dancing, created by ballet star Aurélie Dupont, spins off the screen. The fairy-tale story is considerably less adventurous, but it’s refreshing to see a Cg toon that’s 100 per cent critter-free and with an honest message: if you’re going to chase your dreams, be ready to graft for it. Dane Dehaan voices a farting inventor.