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Friday Fun: The Red Balloon

One of my favourite childhood tween movies that I watched in school:

The Red Ballooon

“In 1956, French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse created The Red Balloon, a  fantastical short film in which a boy (played by Lamorisse’s son Pascal)  discovers a sentient red balloon.  The balloon follows the boy through his daily  life, and (no spoilers!) other kids become jealous, eventually causing other  balloons to get involved.

I saw this Technicolor film in school as a child, and it enthralled me,  particularly the final shots — which you’ll recognize as a likely inspiration  for scenes in the Pixar movie UP.  The film is timeless because it relies  so little on dialogue, evoking a gentle sense of wonder.  It is also poignant  towards the end.  For me, this is the perfect way to relax for half an hour  while avoiding election coverage.

You can watch The Red Balloon online; in the embed below I’ve skipped  the opening credits, which happen to detail the piles  of awards it received.”

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“Trivia note:  director Lamorisse had a good run in the mid-1950s; the year after  releasing The Red Balloon he created  the board game RISK.  Not too shabby.”



Posted on: November 30, 2012, 6:51 am Category: Uncategorized

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  1. Mary Baxter said

    I love this film and used it often for class visits when I was a children’s librarian. Thanks for the reminder, Stephen.