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Slant | 'Birdboy: The Forgotten Children' Review

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Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero's Birdboy: The Forgotten Children is a phantasmagoria of impressionistic horror, at once despairing, beautiful, haunting, and surreal. Featuring some of the most emotionally damaged anthropomorphic critters this side of BoJack Horseman, the film envisions a post-apocalyptic world plagued by violence, drugs, depression, and environmental decline, and in which everyone—from Birdboy to his mouse girlfriend, Dinky, to an inflatable raft shaped like a duck—seems to be suffering an existential crisis. The hand-drawn simplicity of these characters only serves to highlight the depth and complexity of their interior lives.

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