Of Course Leap! Made Me Cry

Let me paint a picture for you. It’s 10am on a Saturday and an almost 30-year old woman is rushing into a trendy Dallas movie theater. She’s late for a screening and looks like she just rolled out of bed (because she did). The screening is for the animated movie, Leap! She soon finds herself sitting solo in a theater full of families with children.  Cut to roll credits and that same woman is starring at the screen, eyes puffy, sipping the last remnants of her diet coke.

If you guessed that I was the woman, you are obviously correct. I’ve written before about how weird I feel when I go to watch children’s films alone and I’ve also written about how I cry at everything. So, what made this movie different? Well, Leap tugged on my little dancer heartstrings.


Set primarily in Paris, Leap is the story of two orphans with big dream. Félicie dreams of being a prima ballerina and her best friend, Victor dreams of becoming a famous inventor. Together they escape the orphanage they’ve always called home and set out to turn their dreams into reality. While chasing their dreams they learn about determination, passion and love.

Heartwarming is the only way to describe this movie. I don’t care who you are, if you’ve ever had a dream then this movie will speak to you. For me, I saw a lot of myself in the main character, Félicie. No, I’m not an orphan but I did run away to a big city once to chase a dream and dance has always been a large part of who I am.


So, yes, I cried several times during this animated movie and I’m not ashamed to admit it. There is nothing as beautiful as a dream and the dreamers that chase them. I sat in that movie theater surrounded by abnormally silent children (they were all enthralled) and cried as I watched a girl, not unlike me, discover who she is through the magic of her dream. And, to top it off the film has the best soundtrack.

TLDR: Go watch Leap! It is wonderful and has a bomb soundtrack.


Leap! Trailer

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