The Breadwinner


The Breadwinner (2017)

Released: November 17, 2017

Genre: Animation, Drama, Family

Open Thoughts:

This is a unique animated film as it discusses real-world situations and the horrors inflicted on a group of people. Especially in the west, we are not so familiar in seeing Middle Eastern culture and people as what they are, culture and people. This film talks about the terrible blight of extremism and how it has crushed the creative beauty of a once prosperous culture. Although it has been crushed, that culture still yearns to come back to life fervently.


Honestly, there are times I was really bored when watching this film. I think there is an unevenness to the pace.


The film is short on weaknesses, but heavy on strengths even if they may be difficult to see even in the animated format.

It exposes the cruelties of living under the Taliban and really extremism in general. How war and emotion have traumatized generations of Afghanis. Including the terrible mistreatment of women.

It shows that there history of Afghan culture filled with music, art, and life. All of which still exists and yearns to be truly free again.

The animation quality is unique and outstanding. The use of colors, the incredible backgrounds, and motion of characters. The decisions made to create a troubling, but artistic film.

Another aspect of the film that brings this film to the next level is its beautiful musical score.

There is a line in this film “It is the rain that makes the flowers grow, not thunder.” It struck me in such a profound way. What a beautiful and mature sentiment in this film.


This movie highlights that danger of religious zealotry while focusing on one religion, all can take notice. As all beliefs have the ability to corrupt and destroy even in the most heinous of fashions. This film exposes realities that can be hard to watch, but it is important that we understand the true history of other cultures. How they have been affected by both western and local extremists. It is a film that also offers some hope and a lesson for all. We can beat back the truth, beauty, and love all we want, but it never goes away.  It has an exquisite soundtrack and incredible animation. Perhaps a bit slow moving for my taste, but still an exceptional piece of animation.


The Animated Ladder

Princess Mononoke (1997)

The Lion King (1994)-

Toy Story (1995)-

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

The Incredibles (2004)

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

Paranorman (2012)

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Big Hero 6 (2014)

Toy Story 3 (2010)

Rango (2011)

Coco (2017)

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Up (2009)

The Iron Giant (1999)

The Little Prince (2015)

Ernest and Celestine (2012)

Spirited Away (2001)

Finding Nemo (2003)

Moana (2016)

Mulan (1998)

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

The Little Mermaid (1989)

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Akira (1988)

Monsters Inc. (2001)

Inside Out (2015)

Zootopia (2016)

The Breadwinner (2017)

Frozen (2014)

Song of the Sea (2014)

Wreck it Ralph (2012)

Coraline (2009)

Ratatouille (2007)

Aladdin (1992)

Toy Story 2 (1999)

The Brave Little Toaster (1987)

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

The Simpsons Movie (2007)

Shrek 2 (2004)

Surf’s Up (2007)

Shrek (2001)

The Jungle Book (1967)

The Secret of NIMH (1982)

The Incredibles 2 (2018)

Megamind (2010)

Puss in Boots (2011)

Prince of Egypt (1998)

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Finding Dory (2016)

Rise of the Guardians (2012)

Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)

Pirates! Band of Misfits! (2012)

A Monster In Paris (2011)

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

Despicable Me 2 (2013)

The Wind Rises (2013)

The Red Turtle (2016) No Link

Mary and Max (2009)

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

The Peanuts Movie (2015)

Wall-E (2008)

The Corpse Bride (2005)

Ferdidnand (2017)

Robots (2005)

Ice Age (2002)

South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut (1999)

Castle in the Sky (1986)

Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

The Book of Life (2014)

TheBoxtrolls (2014)

April and the Extraordinary World (2015)

The Lego Movie (2014)

Antz (1998)

A Bug’s Life (1998)

Despicable Me (2010)

Ferngully: The Last Rainforest (1992)

Bambi (1942)

The Land Before Time (1988)

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)

101 Dalmatians (1961)

Cat in Paris (2010)

Princess and the Frog (2009)

Peabody and Sherman (2014)

Bolt (2008)

Ponyo (2009)

Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

Pinocchio (1940)

Tarzan (1999)

The Road to El Dorado (2000)

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

An American Tail (1986)

The Last Unicorn (1982)

Frankenweenie (2012)

Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

Hercules (1997)

Horton Hears a Who (2008)

Chicken Run (2000)

Pocahontas (1995)

Robin Hood (1973)

A Goofy Movie (1995)

Storks (2016)

Sing (2016)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Cinderella (1950)-

Lady and the Tramp (1955)

Shaun the Sheep (2015)

When Marnie was There (2014)