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Fantasia Festival Review: ‘Little Vampire’ is an Animated Delight for All Ages

August 18, 2021Ben MK

What if you could live forever? For some, the ability to have eternal life may seem like too enticing of an opportunity to pass up. But, for others, immortality may not be all it's cracked up to be — especially when you're destined to spend the next several eons as a 10-year-old kid.

That's the situation one little boy (Louise Lacoste) finds himself in. After he and his mother Pandora (Camille Cottin) are nearly sacrificed to the God of Nothingness by a demented Prince (Alex Lutz), they're rescued by a skeletal savior known as the Captain of the Dead and transformed into undead creatures themselves. Fast forward 300 years, and while Pandora may be perfectly happy with her new existence, her son is anything but. Stuck inside a house protected by an otherworldly dome, with only a talking bulldog named Phantomato (Quentin Faure) to listen to his woes, this little vampire longs to meet other children his own age. Little does he realize, however, that the Prince was also granted eternal life by the God of Nothingness. And when the little vampire ventures out into the surrounding town to make new friends, he unwittingly puts both himself and his family in danger.

Adapted for the screen by director Joann Sfar from his own children's book series of the same name, the result is a charming and whimsically animated tale that takes what might otherwise seem like themes geared towards more mature audiences and transforms them into a family-friendly life lesson full of imagination and quirky visuals. After all, what's the point of being immortal if you don't have friendship and love? As Little Vampire shows, sometimes it takes the perspective of a child to show grown-ups what's really important in life.

Little Vampire makes its North American premiere at the 2021 Fantasia International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 25 min.

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