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The Red Balloon Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Imaginative story told entirely through vivid visuals.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this enchanting short film about a red balloon that befriends a little French boy is more than a joy to watch; it's a provocative exercise in creative interpretation that deserves a place of honor on any Classics shelf. Younger kids will enjoy it purely on a surface level, as an engaging story about a boy and his balloon. Older kids will be able to read more into it and offer some mind-blowing insights. There is some tame bullying: A gang of older kids chases a boy around Paris, determined to steal and destroy his balloon.

  • Families can talk about their interpretations of the film, especially what the balloon might represent.
  • How is color used throughout the movie? How is color used in other movies?
  • This is considered by many to be a "classic" short film. What aspects of this film do you think make it a "classic?"

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true2

    Educational value: Families can talk about their interpretations of the film, especially what the balloon might represent.

  • message true0

    Messages: While a beautiful story about the bond that develops between a young boy and magical red balloon, there isn't much in the way of direct positive messages.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Pascal is a kind little boy who forms a bond with a magical red balloon.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence and scariness: Some tame bullying. A gang of older kids chases a boy around Paris, determined to steal and destroy his balloon.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not applicable

  • language false0

    Language: Not applicable

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable

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