Director: Adrià García and Víctor Maldonado
Writer(s): Adrià García, Víctor Maldonado and Teresa Vilardell
Cast: Imanol Arias, Joe Lewis and Molly Malcolm
Awards: Won Best Animated Feature Film at the Barcelona Film Awards, 2007
Language: Dubbed in English
Running Time: 80 minutes
Visually stunning and wildly inventive, this film explores the mystery of the night in a sweeping nocturnal adventure full of Alice in Wonderland-like characters and moody, dream-inspired landscapes. Have you ever wondered why your hair looks funny in the morning or where the sounds outside your window come from at night? A young boy named Tim finds out after an unusual discovery on the rooftop of his orphanage plunges him into the secret world of Nocturna, inhabited by curious creatures who control the night.
There are hairdressers who specialize in bed-heads, dream writers, and a vast herd of guardian cats led by the gigantic Cat Shepherd. Yet this world is in danger: the stars in the sky are disappearing, kids are becoming restless at night, and a mysterious shadow creature is haunting the empty streets, extinguishing anything that gives off light. If Tim and the Cat Shepherd can’t set things right, nighttime will never be the same! Bold anime-influenced character design and beautiful, fluid 2D animation help to create a fantastic dream world that balances the magical with a touch of menace. Tim and the audience ultimately learn that the night doesn’t have to be so scary after all.
“A real knockout! Tim’s adventure, which involves battling a wraithlike shadow that wants to put out the stars along with all other light, is beautifully, diaphanously drawn in shades of black, yellow, gold and ocher, and mixes tenderness, terror and sly wit. As a bonus, there is the ingenious and amusing Nocturna crew: the tumblers who move us around in our beds, the hair-messers, the cats who purr us to sleep, and the nighttime orchestra that blows into stovepipes, opens and closes shutters and rubs against walls.”
– The New York Times
“Graceful! Entertaining! Handsomely drawn!”
– The Hollywood Reporter