directors Adrià García, Víctor Maldonado
I’m not sure how Nocturna slipped through my awareness. I keep my eyes peeled for feature animation films from anywhere and have done so for a long time, even long before I had kids. A Spanish-French production, this stylish fantasy film about an orphan who can’t fall asleep when his favorite star disappears, is interestingly designed and very imaginative.
The world of Nocturna is an operation of ornate complexity that manages all aspects of all children’s sleep-time, from the crafting of their dreams to the noises at their windows, the stars in the night sky to the wetting of their beds or the tangling of their hair into “bedhead”.
Directors Adrià García and Víctor Maldonado have crafted a largely traditional cell animated feature (with some scenes seemingly digital) that would stand out from the crowded line-ups of animation features of the past 15 years.
Why it didn’t enter my radar before now I’ll assume was some limited distribution or some odd timing thing that kept me unaware.
Both of my kids liked it, enjoying its inventiveness and magical universe. I’ll be honest, I didn’t LOVE it. I liked it. It comes quite close to being a much better film. Some of the humor and characters don’t quite shape up into their best selves. It’s almost great but not quite there. But still very worthwhile.