Perlimps is the long-awaited next project from Brazilian animator Alê Abreu, best known for the incredible, Oscar-nominated The Boy and the World. The story (formerly titled Voyagers of the Enchanted Forest) is one of warring kingdoms—the militaristic and technologically advanced Kingdom of the Sun, populated by wolves, against the more “Romani-like” and spiritual Kingdom of the Moon, ruled by bears—with an enchanted forest lying between them.
Two characters, secret agents from opposing sides, find themselves lost and are forced to collaborate, isolated and cut off from their nations. The Boy and the World tackled deforestation from an economic and anti-capitalist angle; Perlimps appears similarly environmentalist, but perhaps more spiritual.
Perlimps was perhaps the most exciting preview out of Annecy, and a delightful insight into Abreu’s unique processes. Backgrounds begin from random color smears done with paint, which are scanned then folded into scenery with digital brushes, as Abreu continues to manipulate texture and space. That blend of control and spontaneity extends to Andre Hosoi’s score, using sounds from his own body, drumming on his legs or cheeks and mixing it with electronic melodies.
Perlimps is a bright-looking film, every scene awash in a prism of vivid tones, without being overstimulating. Idiosyncratic from top to bottom, it is Abreu’s first film working with other animators. Alê handled the animation of the two main characters entirely by himself, while the other animators each took a character, and it’s immediately striking how distinct they feel from each other. Sony Pictures will distribute the film.