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Tito and the Birds          review by Bobby Blakey


I love all things animation, but when something comes along offering up a different look and feel I am all the more interested. The latest Tito and the Birds looks to do just that with a unique animation style, but does it work and live up to its potential or will it fail to take flight?

Tito and the Birds follows a little boy and his journey to save the world. Tito, a shy 10-year-old boy, lives in a world on the brink of pandemic. Fear is crippling people, making them sick and transforming them. Tito realizes, based on his father’s past research, that there may be a way to utilize the local pigeon population and their songs to create a cure for the disease. His father was forced to leave when Tito was only six and the struggle to find a cure becomes linked with the search to find his father again, along with his own identity.

I knew nothing about this film going in, but with the interesting look on the box I knew that visually it could be something special and I was not wrong. It has some interesting and almost bizarre character designs that works great with an animation style that at times feels like a painting come to life. The lush and vibrant colors jump off the screen and perfectly compliment the designs and story keeping your senses engaged throughout. The story is simple enough to easily get invested in but offered up more than I thought in the beginning when it was all said and done.

This is one of those hidden gems that deserves a much bigger release than it has gotten, but will hopefully spread its wings and take flight like it deserves. If you love unique animated films then grab your copy of Tito and the Birds available now from Shout Factory.

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