ARTHUR AND THE INVISIBLES
Release Date: January 12, 2007
Starring: Freddie Highmore, Mia Farrow,
Ronald Crawford and the voices
of Madonna, Robert DeNiro,
David Bowie, Jimmy Fallon,
Harvey Keitel, Chazz
Palminteri, Emilio Estevez,
Snoop Dogg, Anthony Anderson,
and Jason Bateman
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 102 minutes
Distributor: MGM/Sony Pictures
Director: Luc Besson
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Luc Besson and Emmanuel
Writer: Luc Besson and Celine Garcia
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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 INIVISIBLES 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 with a prominent, unnecessary bulge.
ARTHUR AND THE INVISIBLES has a couple apparent plot holes, but it is an entertaining blend of live action and computer animation. It has some positive references to God, prayer and miracles, but these are mixed with some pagan references. For instance, a couple elves give thanks to "the gods." This mixture is confusing. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.