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1/2/18
I received LEAP for review purposes.  All opinions are mine.


The holidays were a whirlwind for us this year!  Over our winter break, since I have been dealing with health issues, there were lots of indoor activities including movie-thons.  My girls were very excited to have Leap! arrive on Blu-ray!


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Celebrate the holiday season with the inspirational and uplifting family film Leap!, arriving on Digital HD November 7 and Blu-ray™ (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD, and On Demand November 21 from Lionsgate. Featuring all-star voice talent led by Elle Fanning (Maleficent), alongside Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) and Maddie Ziegler (The Book of Henry), with Mel Brooks (Spaceballs), featuring Carly Rae Jepsen (singer-songwriter of the hit song “Call Me Maybe”) and Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”), Leap! is a colorful and imaginative story about an orphan girl who is determined to follow her dream of becoming a ballerina. Filled with irresistible original music, Leap! features the hit track “Cut to the Feeling.”



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Elle Fanning Stars in LEAP!
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Eleven-year-old orphan Félicie (Fanning) has one dream — to go to Paris and become a dancer. Her best friend, Victor (Wolff), an imaginative, exuberant boy with a passion for creating, has a dream of his own — to become a famous inventor. In a leap of faith, Victor and Félicie leave their orphanage in pursuit of their passions. But there’s a catch: Félicie must pretend to be the child of a wealthy family in order to gain admittance to the prestigious and competitive Opera Ballet School in Paris. And with no professional dance training, she quickly learns that talent alone is not enough to overcome the ruthless, conniving attitudes of her fellow classmates, led by the devious Camille Le Haut (Ziegler). Determined to succeed, Félicie finds her mentor in the tough and mysterious school custodian, Odette (Jepsen), who, along with Victor’s encouraging friendship, help her reach for the stars.

An animated adventure the whole family will enjoy, the Leap! home entertainment release includes a behind-the-scenes video gallery and a look at stars Kate McKinnon, Nat Wolff, and Maddie Ziegler in the recording booth.


BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “In the Recording Booth with Kate McKinnon, Nat Wolff, and Maddie Ziegler” Featurette
  • Behind-the-Scenes Video Gallery:
    • The Birth of a Dream
    • Animating the Dance
    • Reconstructing 19th Century Paris 

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Elle Fanning Stars in LEAP!
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I knew Leap! would be a movie that my girls would love as soon as I saw the trailer (both love dressing up in dance costumes and twirling).  Felicie wants to become a ballerina, even though she has had no training, so she sets off to Paris with her friend Victor to follow that dream.  Along the way, she encounters obstacles including a "mean girl".

The movie has many heart-warming moments, a bit of history mixed in (although modern times are mixed with historical), as well as humor that kids will enjoy.  There are great lessons on determination, hard work, friendship, and never giving up on your dreams.

Felicie lies to accomplish her goal of going to dance school, and the writers didn't really deal with this moral problem well.  Despite the fact that Felicie lied, she is still allowed to stay in the class and audition like the other girls.  There was no negative consequence for her lie from the dance teacher.


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Elle Fanning Stars in LEAP!
Courtesy of The Weinstein Company

The other issue I had with the film was the bully/mean girl situation with Camille.  The writers had a great opportunity to deal with bullying in a very realistic way.  Camille however, has a very quick change of heart towards Felicie, after calling her a "rat", making her feel worthless, and treating her horribly up to that point.  

In real life, bullies don't have such a quick turn-around in character and end up being friends after a hug and an apology.  Most times it takes something significant to change a bully, and many times bullies don't change at all.  I wish they hadn't oversimplified the anti-bullying message.


Overall, the setting, quirky characters, inventions, dance moves, and toe-tapping music (love Carly Rae Jensen's "Cut to the Feeling", my girls couldn't stop dancing!) all make
Leap! a fun family adventure. There are also some important life lessons to discuss with your kids too.



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