We all have had a time in our lives when we asked ourselves “those” questions. What is life’s purpose? What is our legacy? How will I influence or impact others? These are big questions for normal human beings. So imagine one of history’s most brilliant minds asking himself those very same questions. Enter, The Inventor.

Written and co-directed by Academy Award-nominated writer Jim Capobianco (Ratatouille) and co-directed by Pierre-Luc Granjon, The Inventor brings us a smart, funny and beautifully crafted film about the life of Leonardo da Vinci. Born too early in an age that couldn’t appreciate a visionary of his caliber, da Vinci was a scholar, artist, inventor, idealist, and so much more.

The story takes us on a journey from Italy to the French Court. Here Leonardo has more liberty to experiment freely in studying the human body and building bizarre contraptions.

The Inventor - Leonardo Da Vinci

With a combination of stop-motion puppets and hand-drawn animations, The Inventor is a visual masterpiece ideally suited to tell the story of a creative genius. Young children will especially enjoy the creative whimsy of Leonardo’s craftsmanship.

The Supporting Cast

It’s the grown-ups who can appreciate the subtle humour of a wonderful cast of side characters. A high-strung French King who thinks jousting is so last year—unfailingly loyal sidekicks who are also criminal accessories. Additionally, There are even a few dimwitted grave diggers. And don’t worry, our girl Mona Lisa makes multiple appearances. With all their help, Leonardo is allowed the creative license to seek the answers to life’s biggest questions. But it is Princess Marguerite de Navarre’s never-ending optimism buoys Leonardo in the end and helps him find the answer to “What is the meaning of it all?”

Starring Stephen Fry, Daisy Ridley and Marion Cotillard, The Inventor will be released April 23 on VOD/Digital across Canada with a limited theatrical release over the coming weeks.