Tito and the Birds

Studio: Shout! Studios

Jan 25, 2019 Web Exclusive
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Ten-year-old Tito and his friends live in a world that’s rapidly crumbling. His city’s populace lives in a state of constant fear; a fear stoked by alarmist news reports and a constant connection to media that draws magnified attention to all of society’s ills. The fear-mongering has progressed to a point where it’s manifested as a spreading disease which paralyzes its victims, turning them into literal stones. Tito’s only hope is to finish an invention started by his estranged father: a device that will allow mankind to talk with birds, who may have the key to stopping the pandemic of panic.

From the animation trio of Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar, and Andre Catoto, Tito and the Birds is presented in a unique blend of styles. While its young protagonists appear as a typical sort of cartoon hero you’d have seen in Saturday mornings of past, the frightening dystopia they inhabit is painted in broad, rough strokes, like those of an impressionist painter. Part action-adventure, part chilling vision of a possible near-future scenario, Tito and the Birds is an intriguing animated tale worthy of an audience beyond its native Brazil.


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