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?"