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 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.
(PaPa, BB, Acap, PC, E, L, V, N, D, M) Mixed strong pagan worldview with strong moral/monotheistic elements and light anti-capitalist, politically correct and environmental elements including thanks given to "the gods" by a couple elves, a reference to "the spirits of the ancients," a reference to balance in nature and yin and yang, a brief appeal to "the grace of God," a reference to God from an elf, a reference to needing a miracle, a positive reference to prayer as the only solution to a big problem, spiritual references to the heart, body, soul, and spirit, and a land developer wanting to turn farmland into concrete apartments is seen as bad; light foul language has one "butt" and three light exclamatory profanities ("My God"); cartoon action violence such as armor wearing bug-like creatures flying on mosquitoes throw fire and buzz other creatures, elves launch tomatoes at creatures riding mosquitoes, characters hit by flying tomatoes, mosquitoes fly into narrow passage and crash, boy falls off mosquito, sword fighting, rope saves characters from tumbling over waterfall, characters ride in catapulted walnut, boy on transom accidentally breaks down door, rushing water chases characters, and large object squashes several of villain's henchmen; no sex but boy and girl clearly like each other; upper male nudity and male character wears tight loincloth; no alcohol but characters drink fluorescent green soda and green smoke comes out of their mouths; no smoking or drugs but grandmother accidentally takes too much sleeping liquid; and, boy disobeys grandmother and boy steals key from grandmother to get into grandfather's locked room where he finds secret message from grandfather.
ARTHUR AND THE INVISIBLES is a fantasy adventure starring Freddie Highmore as a boy named Arthur who's living with his grandmother on the family farm. Arthur's parents are in the city looking for work. His grandfather disappeared while looking for lost rubies given to him by an African tribe. With no money, the bank wants to foreclose on the farm in 48 hours. Arthur finds a secret message from his grandfather. The message tells Arthur how to find a tribe of tiny elves from Africa 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, but encounters the minions of an evil elf who is trying to take over the seven kingdoms.
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.