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'Arthur and the Invisibles'

Movie Info

RATING:

PG for fantasy action and brief suggestive material.

GENRE:

Kids/Family, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Animation

RELEASE:

Jan. 12, 2007

STARRING:

Freddie Highmore, Mia Farrow, Calvin 'Snoop Dogg' Broadus, David Bowie, Penny Balfour

DIRECTOR:

Luc Besson

DISTRIBUTOR:

The Weinstein Company

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MOVIE REVIEW

Arthur and the Invisibles

Movieguide Magazine

CBN.com - Arthur and the Invisibles is a fantasy adventure set in Connecticut that's partly animated with computers. Freddie Highmore plays the title role, a boy named Arthur, whose grandfather disappeared while looking for lost rubies given to him by an African tribe. With his parents in the city looking for work, Arthur and his grandmother (played by Mia Farrow) are facing a foreclosure on the family farm. A developer is waiting in the wings to pave over the farm so he can build some concrete apartment buildings.

Arthur finds a secret message from his grandfather, who bids Arthur to follow him into the small world of the Minimoys, a tribe of tiny elves who live on the farm in seven separate hidden kingdoms. That's where Arthur can find the lost rubies.

Arthur is magically shrunk down to the size of the elves. There, he learns that his grandfather went off to the land of the evil lord Maltazard to search for the rubies and never returned. Only by getting the rubies can Arthur save the farm and the world of the Minimoys. With Princess Selenia and her younger brother in tow, Arthur travels to the evil lord's land, where he finds that Maltazard is using the rubies in a plan to drown the kingdom that Selenia is scheduled to take over from her father.

Arthur and the Invisibles has a couple apparent plot holes, but it is an entertaining, clever blend of live action and computer animation. The movie also has plenty of funny bits of humor and exciting adventure. The animation is wonderfully fantastic, but the editing is a little frenetic at times.

There are some positive references to God, prayer and miracles in Arthur and the Invisibles, but these are mixed with some New Age pagan references. For instance, a couple elf characters give thanks to "the gods." There is also a reference to the "balance" in nature. A character says that this balance is called "yin and yang" by the Chinese. This mixture is confusing.

Another problem with the movie is that rap music singer Snoop Dogg plays a hip-hop type of elf in one sequence. This character is clothed in a silly-looking loincloth that unecessarily accentuates his body.

Address Comments To:
Bob and Harvey Weinstein
Co-Chairmen
The Weinstein Company
345 Hudson Street, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10014
Phone: (646) 862-3400
Fax: (917) 368-7000
Website: www.weinsteinco.com


NOTE from Dr. Ted Baehr, publisher of Movieguide Magazine. For more information from a Christian perspective, order the latest Movieguide Magazine by calling 1-800-899-6684(MOVI) or visit our website at www.movieguide.org. Movieguide is dedicated to redeeming the values of Hollywood by informing parents about today's movies and entertainment and by showing media executives and artists that family-friendly and even Christian-friendly movies do best at the box office year in and year out. Movieguide now offers an online subscription to its magazine version, at www.movieguide.org. The magazine, which comes out 25 times a year, contains many informative articles and reviews that help parents train their children to be media-wise consumers.
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