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Arthur and the Invisibles (2006)

Arthur et les Minimoys (original title)
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Ten-year-old Arthur, in a bid to save his grandfather's house from being demolished, goes looking for some much-fabled hidden treasure in the land of the Minimoys, tiny people living in harmony with nature.

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Luc Besson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie Highmore ... Arthur
Mia Farrow ... Granny
Ron Crawford Ron Crawford ... Archibald (voice)
Penny Balfour ... Arthur's Mother
Doug Rand ... Arthur's Father
Adam LeFevre ... Davido
Jean Bejote Njamba Jean Bejote Njamba ... Massai Chief
Saul Jephcott Saul Jephcott ... Police Officer #1
Lee Delong ... Saleslady (as Lee de Long)
Christian Erickson Christian Erickson ... Antique Dealer
Eric Balliet Eric Balliet ... Mover #1
Oxmo Puccino Oxmo Puccino ... Mover #2
Robert William Bradford Robert William Bradford ... Baliff
Jerry Di Giacomo Jerry Di Giacomo ... Repairman (voice)
Bienvenue Kindoki Bienvenue Kindoki ... Matassalai #1
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Storyline

Arthur is a spirited ten-year old whose parents are away looking for work, whose eccentric grandfather has been missing for several years, and who lives with his grandmother in a country house that, in two days, will be repossessed, torn down, and turned into a block of flats unless Arthur's grandfather returns to sign some papers and pay off the family debt. Arthur discovers that the key to success lies in his own descent into the land of the Minimoys, creatures no larger than a tooth, whom his grandfather helped relocate to their garden. Somewhere among them is hidden a pile of rubies, too. Can Arthur be of stout heart and save the day? Romance beckons as well, and a villain lurks. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A huge adventure for the whole family. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for fantasy action and brief suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arthur and the Invisibles See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$86,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,702,789, 14 January 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,132,763

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$113,325,743
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Selenia's character resembles, and is similar to, Leeloo from The Fifth Element (1997). Both characters are orange-haired, feisty, and daring leading ladies who start out as cold towards the main character, but then falls in love with the main character (Arthur in Selenia's case, and Korben Dallas in Leeloo's case). They are both humanoids (minimoy in Selenia's case, and humanoid alien in Leeloo's case). See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 35 mins) In the end credits, humans in Minimoy form only have four fingers like real Minimoys, instead of five like Arthur and Archibald. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: [a photo album unlatches and opens to a picture of a bearded man] This is Archibald Suchot, a treasure hunter, explorer, and engineer. He spent 10 years in Africa building every type of useful thing. Oh, by the way, it's in the heart of Africa that our story begins.
Narrator: [cut to a country road] Well, this really isn't Africa, it's Connecticut, and this is the house Archibald lived in before he mysteriously disappeared. But that's a story that Archibald's grandson would be more qualified ...
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the end credits, the main actors, actresses, and director come out on screen to take their final bows. If they did a voice in the film, they are presented as the character they voiced in the film. If their role was strictly live action, they are presented as a Minimoy version of their character. See more »

Alternate Versions

The theatrical release has the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer opening and closing logos, but on home video releases, all MGM references are removed. See more »

Connections

Followed by Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Rosalie
Written by Cole Porter
Conducted by Bernard Herrmann and the MGM Studio Orchestra
© 1937 Chappell & Co Inc
Courtesy of Warner Chappell Music France
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Visually stunning but story development falls flat
14 January 2007 | by notimeincoSee all my reviews

If you're seeing this with your kids, my opinion is to ignore this review. However, watching as an adult, I found this movie annoying. The character and plot development at the beginning of the movie is first-rate. It's only after Arthur descends into the world of the Minimoys that the movie also descends in quality. At that point, the plot gives the characters only 36 hours to complete their mission. For whatever reason, director Besson goes into speed-reading mode with the plot. Mentally, I kept saying to myself "what just happened?" as scenes come and go like you're flipping through a magazine. Correspondingly, the character relationships lack depth - most importantly for me, how does the Princess go from barely tolerating Arthur to my-god-he's-my-soul-mate? Personally, I also found the celebrity voices intruded upon the characters - I kept picturing Madonna and Bowie talking to each other rather than the story's actors. As with previous Besson movies, the scenery is not just eye candy but integral to his story-telling style so he does not disappoint there. This is a good movie to see with children and I have no complaints there.


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