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The Red Balloon Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Imaginative story told entirely through 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.

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

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: A gang of older kids chases a boy and takes his balloon.

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    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue