A Costume for Nicolas Animation

Fantasia Festival Review: ‘A Costume for Nicolas’

August 31, 2020Ben MK

As countless films have shown us, a child's imagination can be a powerful thing. And in the colorful animated adventure A Costume for Nicolas, that proves to be true once again, as a young boy embarks on a fantastical journey to save a girl from a wizard and his nightmare-eating monster.

Based on the book Pablo y El Baúl, the story follows 10-year-old Nicolás (Fran Fernández), an energetic boy with Down syndrome and a love of the costumes his mom used to make him every year on his birthday. But when she passes away and he moves in with his cousin, David (Emiliano Ugarte), at their grandparents' house, Nicolás must learn to find the courage within himself. Discovering a whole world inside his trunk full of costumes, Nicolás meets a girl named Ana (Cristina Hernández), and together Richie the monkey (Héctor Lee), Giggles the cowboy (Ricardo Tejedo) and the pirate Jonas (Raúl Anaya), they'll show everyone just what it means to be special.

Directed by Eduardo Rivero, A Costume for Nicolas is a heartwarming tale that will reignite that sense of childhood wonderment in its viewers. But most importantly, this is a movie with a universal message — that everyone is unique in their own way, and that it is those very differences that empower us.

A Costume for Nicolas makes its North American premiere at the 2020 Fantasia International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 22 min.

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