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Blu-ray Review: Tito and the Birds

April 30, 2019

By John Corrado

★★½ (out of 4)

The Brazilian animated film Tito and the Birds takes place in a dystopic version of our world that has been crippled by fear, leading to a mysterious outbreak of a disease rooted in fear that ravages people’s bodies to the point where they shrink down and turn into rocks.

At the centre of the film is a young boy named Tito (Pedro Henrique), who becomes convinced the disease can only be stopped by communicating with the birds, a theory that was being developed by his scientist father Dr. Rufus (Matheus Nachtergaele), before he disappeared.

Tito takes it upon himself to complete his father’s invention, an ornithological communication device, with the help of his friends Sarah (Marina Serretiello) and Buiú (Vinicius Garcia). But they are also faced with a corporate villain named Alaor Souza (Matheus Solano), who sees the epidemic as the perfect way to market the new, cordoned-off housing development that he is in the process of building called Dome Garden, which is literally covered by a glass dome to prevent the spread of disease.

The central metaphor feels somewhat heavy-handed, and the story is a bit too simplistic to make the grand political allegories work, but Tito and the Birds makes up for it in terms of visuals. Done using a mix of digitally drawn 2D characters on oil painted backgrounds, the film has a really interesting look to it and is often quite visually impressive. The animation is unique enough from an artistic standpoint to make Tito and the Birds worth seeing, especially if you are interested in different animated films.

The Blu-ray also includes an interview with director Gustavo Steinberg and producer Daniel Greco.

Tito and the Birds is a Shout! Factory release. It’s 73 minutes and unrated.

Street Date: April 23rd, 2019

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