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Birdboy: The Forgotten Children(Psiconautas, los niños olvidados)

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Spain, Japan · 2015
1h 15m
Director Pedro Rivero
Starring Andrea Alzuri, Eva Ojanguren, Josu Cubero, Félix Arcarazo
Genre Science Fiction, Animation, Drama, Horror

Birdboy and his animal friends plan their escape from an ecologically devastated island in this surreal, animated fantasy.

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IndieWire by David Ehrlich

This is a beautiful film, and an ugly one, and the tension between those two sides doesn’t abate until the very last scene.


Variety by Dennis Harvey

Though at first glance this ironically-sweet-and-very-sour mix might seem unappetizing, even repellent, it soon becomes fascinating in its oddball complexity.

75 by Glenn Kenny

The movie is grisly and its sense of humor is mordant, but it winds up communicating a heartbreak that’s pretty straightforward, all things considered.


Slant Magazine by Keith Watson

Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero's film is a phantasmagoria of impressionistic horror, at once despairing, beautiful, haunting, and surreal.


Los Angeles Times by Robert Abele

As adult animation goes, Birdboy is its own weird, woolly and surprisingly sensitive foray into the grimmer corners of life. But at its best, when Vázquez and Rivero hit the right mix of melancholy and acidic in their battered fever dream, it plays like a troubled schoolkid’s secret drawings brought to colorful, if unapologetically horrific, life.

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