Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys)

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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


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  • Strange and kind of meandering.

    Feb 5, 2007
  • 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.

    Feb 3, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
  • Here is an overproduced, oversugared semi-animated children's fantasy adventure from Luc Besson that made me want to cringe into my plush seat, never to re-emerge.

    Feb 3, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Besson's labour of love is a feast for the eyes but leaves the imagination distinctly undernourished.

    Jan 30, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith
    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.

    Jan 25, 2007 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
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  • 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.

    Jan 17, 2007 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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

  • Jan 15, 2011
    you may call this Child movie, but The meaning in this movie are for STOP Destruction on our planet... maybe you cannot save a huge forest, but you could start saving your backyard or frontyard to a nice green view...
    Dedy N C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2010
    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 E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2010
    Served well by his inspired lunacy in crafting the deliciously intoxicating sci-fi/fantasy guilty pleasure The Fifth Element, director Luc Besson has smartly honed his obvious gift for designing trippy alien landscapes and their unique backstories on a family franchise. Fantastically inventive, Arthur and the Invisibles certainly demonstrates a richness of these impressive trappings, meaning it has the potential to delight even the brattiest of children…but it ultimately proves to be an over-abundance of riches, a wealth that could potentially make the audience a bit bratty. Based on Besson’s children’s book “Arthur et les Minimoys,” this PG-rated story follows a ten year boy (Highmore) who, in an effort to secure a treasure that will save his grandmother’s (Marrow) house from being demolished, ventures to a world where the inhabitants are a tenth of an inch high. Though not wholly original (think The Secret of Nimh meets TV’s The Littles), Besson’s Minimoy world is buoyed by the writer/director’s laudable infusion of his signature smart-alecky humor. Better yet, the winning characters responsible for voicing these gems are piped by celebrities who-although overly marketable (Madonna, Snoop Dogg, David Bowie)-perfectly fade into the beautifully-animated elfin landscape. This goes doubly so for Highmore, who does awesome turns in both live action and cartoon form. Besson, however, overworked himself. There is simply too much exposition and backstory to effectively accommodate the running time. What should be a breezy thrill-ride turns into a frenzied rush to cram it all in, causing a number of the film’s seminal moments to become anti-climatic. Bottom line: Better off invisible.
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2010
    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 <i>Harry Potter</i>. It's watchable. I like Freddie Highmore's accent. He always seems decent and into this sorta movies. Cute kid.
    Dead A Super Reviewer

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