Arthur et les Minimoys (2006, FRA) C-102m. SCOPE *** D: Luc Besson. Starring Freddie Highmore, Mia Farrow, Penny Balfour, Doug Rand, Adam LeFevre. Quite endearing fantasy story about a young boy (Highmore) who stays with his grandmother Farrow (who looks incredible young!) in the countryside. She keeps telling him stories of his grandfather, who disappeared three years ago. Now as they face eviction the boy sets out to retrieve a legendary treasure his granddad was after - but has to enter the land of the Minimoys for that - fantasy creatures that are even smaller than ants. Underground, film is computer-animated and provides adequate action and high adventure. Some story flaws offset by Besson's expert direction. Thrilling for kids - and adults will savor movie references from STAR WARS to LORD OF THE RINGS, and even PULP FICTION! Filmed in English (with even the animation fitting to English dialogue). English version features voice talents of Madonna, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Chazz Palminteri, Emilion Estevez, and David Bowie. English title: ARTHUR AND THE MINIMOYS / AND THE INVISIBLES.

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