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Phantom Boy is a French-Belgian Animated Fantasy movie by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol.

New York City is facing a new threat. A mysterious criminal mastermind with a ridiculously scarred face is threatening to destroy the city's infrastructure with a computer virus that's been let into its network. He will only relent if he's paid one billion dollars.

Who can save the city? Unbelievably, the city's best hope comes not from the most awesome Cowboy Cop the city can employ. Nope, it comes from, get this, wheelchair-bound police Lieutenant Alex Tanner (Edouard Baer/Jared Padalecki) and young Leo (Gaspard Gagnol/Marcus D'Angelo), a young boy with cancer who has the ability to leave his body at will. These two will have to work together to save the city from catastrophe.

The movie was released on September 12th, 2015.

Phantom Boy contains examples of:

  • Astral Projection: Leo's condition somehow grants him the ability to leave his body at will and fly all over the city. However, his soul starts disintegrating if he stays out of his body for too long.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Near the climax of the film, The Face attacks his dog, after which the dog attacks him.
  • Big Applesauce: The film is Franco-Belgian, but is set in NYC, as evidenced by th architecture and the fact that the NYPD is seen.
  • Big Bad: The Face, a crook who plans to destroy the city's infrastructure with a computer virus if his demands aren't met.
  • The Bad Guys Are Cops: Averted. Lieutenant Alex Tanner is demoted by his boss and assigned grunt work after he manages to catch two burglars robbing a supermarket, but blows up part of the building in the process, but he's a nice guy and helps Leo.
  • Facial Horror: The Face's face looks like a Picasso painting. Don't believe me? See for yourself.
  • Family Theme Naming: In the English dub, the main character is Leo and his sister is Lily.
  • Handicapped Badass: The main character, Leo, is a cancer patient with poltergeist powers.
  • Mister Muffykins: The crooks of the movie have a scruffy, yappie, tempermental little dog among their ranks. One of them sums him up nicely.
    Crook: This dog has the soul of a shark in the body of a squirrel.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The Face's real name is never given.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: If Leo spends too much time away from his body, he will perish for real.
  • Stepford Smiler: The main character's mother weeps for her son as his cancer makes him lose his hair, but she hides this from his sister, Lily.
  • The Unreveal: At many points throughout the movie, the audience is set up to think they'll hear how The Face got his scars. Each time, it's averted. It even happens one last time at the end.
  • Would Hit a Girl: The Face attacks Mary Delaney, a news reporter, because she has a lead on him.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: The main character is a boy with cancer.