Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys) (2007)



Critic Consensus: Arthur wastes its big-name voice talent on a predictable script and substandard CG animation.

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On the heels of his first foray into romantic comedy, versatile French filmmaker Luc Besson breaks new ground yet again with this computer-animated, family-friendly adaptation of his own children's book Arthur and the Minimoys. Arthur is a wide-eyed ten-year-old whose vivid imagination is fueled by the colorful bedtime stories his grandmother reads to him each night. His dreams are filled with images of African tribes and the remarkable inventions detailed in the enigmatic book that his grandfather left behind after mysteriously disappearing four years ago. Arthur and his family are in danger of losing their home to an unscrupulous real-estate developer, but if there is any truth to the tales of a treasure hidden deep beneath their garden and the tiny, fairy-like creatures that his grandmother so frequently sketches, there may still be hope of saving their home before it's too late. Now, with nothing to guide him but the clues left behind by his grandfather, Arthur will set out to find the mythical world of Seven Kingdoms, where the Minimoys are said to dwell, and ensure that his troubled family always has a place to call home. An imaginative children's fantasy in the vein of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, Arthur and the Invisibles features the voices of David Bowie, Snoop Dogg, Madonna, Mia Farrow, and Freddie Highmore. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
PG (for fantasy action and brief suggestive material)
Animation , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Mia Farrow
as Granny
Penny Balfour
as Arthur's Mother
Doug Rand
as Arthur's Father
David Bowie
as Maltazard
as Princess Selenia
Jimmy Fallon
as Betameche
Anthony Anderson
as Koolomassai
Chazz Palminteri
as Travel Agent
Adam LeFevre
as Davido
Jason Bateman
as Darkos
Emilio Estevez
as Ferryman
Ron Crawford
as Archibald
Jean Bejote Njamba
as Massai Chief
Serge Blumental
as Electrician
Rob Corddry
as Seides
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Critic Reviews for Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys)

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (30)

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May 9, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Strange and kind of meandering.

February 5, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

A lazy fairy-tale pastiche reveling in mite-size cherubs, which cribs from gnomic mythology, elvish lore, Harry Potter, Arthurian legend and can't-pay-the-rent melodrama.

Full Review… | February 2, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Luc Besson's half-baked live-action/animated fantasy looks like it was invented on the hoof: it's erratically plotted, poorly animated, overly derivative and too insufferably cute to interest anyone above undemanding toddler age.

Full Review… | January 24, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Luc Besson has made a fair share of artfully bad movies. Arthur and the Invisibles -- half-live-action, half-CG kid's adventure -- is (by a hair) more bad-bad, like The Fifth Element, than good-bad, like The Big Blue.

Full Review… | January 17, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 12, 2007
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys)


they take the animation very seriously with this film and the end result is a pretty entertaining film thats not saying it was good but it had enough cheese factor to keep me watching

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer


The movie seemed a little bit rushed to me. It's basically a good one for the kids. And the character "Maltazard" reminded me of "Voldemort" from Harry Potter. It's watchable. I like Freddie Highmore's accent. He always seems decent and into this sorta movies. Cute kid.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

I thought that it was inventive and from going to animation from real life was a real cool treat! It seemed like it was going back and forth into two different movies theatres but seeing the same conecpt in animated form, which was a really cool effect!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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