This is an advance review.Â My Life as a Zucchini opens stateside February 24th.
There is a simple beauty to the imagery in My Life as a Zucchini, the Oscar-nominated animated feature. It is, however, a simplicity that is used to serve up a tale of love and loss and family, which is all rather more complicated stuff. Directed by Claude Barras, the Swiss, French-language release is now being distributed in the U.S. in English as well (this review is based on that English-language version).
My Life as a Zucchini clocks in at 67 minutes, putting it on the more brief side of feature-length fare, but each and every one of those 67 minutes is fully devoted to getting the story and emotion across, and the movie does so with nothing short of excellence. As it is important, it must also be stated at this point that the movie is not about a zucchini but rather Zucchini. That is, Zucchini is the nickname of the main character (voiced by Erick Abbate).