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Discover The Handcrafted Film Noir World of ‘Phantom Boy,’ In Theaters Today (Exclusive Making-Of Video)

GKIDS is proud to bring you Phantom Boy, the highly anticipated new film from the Academy Award-nominated writers and directors of A Cat in Paris, coming to select theaters starting July 15th!

The stylish noir caper set in the streets of New York City showcases the incredible talent of directors Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol, the latter of whom also wrote the film.

Like many films noirs, light and shadow play an important role to heighten the mood of Phantom Boy. The filmmakers not only drew every frame of the film on paper, they also drew a separate lighting level to convey light and shadow, which was then digitally composited over the drawings. The making-of video below shows the impressive technical effort required to bring Phantom Boy to the screen:

See Phantom Boy opening weekend (July 15-17) in New York City with director Q&As and free giveaways all weekend long! As a special gift for Cartoon Brew readers, use the code “CBREW” at checkout for $4 off tickets. To take advantage of this offer, ticket orders must be purchased today by 5pm ET through http://tktwb.tw/1lgg8wK.

Here is the film’s official synopsis:

Leo has a secret. A mysterious illness has transformed him into a phantom boy, able to leave the confines of his body and explore the city as a ghostly apparition. While in the hospital, he befriends Alex, a New York City cop injured while attempting to capture a nefarious gangster who has taken control of the city’s power supply, throwing the metropolis into chaos. Now they must form an extraordinary duo, using Leo’s phantom powers and Alex’s detective work to foil the plot and save New York from destruction. Phantom Boy continues Gagnol and Felicioli’s fascination with animated film noir, in a heart-thumping adventure that pushes their trademark visual style to literal new heights, as Leo swoops and soars above the greatest skyline in the world.

Phantom Boy opens in New York on July 15, and Los Angeles on July 22. For additional cities and info, visit PhantomBoyFilm.com.