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Arthur and the Invisibles (Widescreen Edition)
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Unfortunatly this dvd version has been censored to a point where quite a few of the action sequences have been cut out and the film just dosn't flow.
The film cuts from diferent scenes, missing out sections that leave the viewer quite puzzled about how the characters got to the point they are at.
I don't understand why they would censor an animated film that is rated PG anyway.
All in All if you can get your hands on the origional version its a must!
but for the time beeing I'd stay away from it, it kind of ruins the real fun the story has.
The 'Weinstein' version is disjointed, removes any of the undercurrent for the movie, and makes quite a mess of things in the process.
Save your money, demand that there be a Region 1 - Unedited/Directors cut, and you'll be much happier.
The format is a little surprising, though. The movie starts with live actors, switches to some very good animation through the largest part of the movie, then ends with the live actors - but even there, Besson adds some fun fantasy elements.
There are lots of familiar pieces here: the curvy-but-chaste princess (this is a kids' movie after all) with an attitude, geeky sidekick, quest for treasure, a little safe romance, and even a sword in a stone. Despite that checklist of standard features, this avoids being completely formulaic. Most adults wouldn't sit through it on their own, but kids need movies too.
#1 - The movie seems choppy and poorly edited in some places. Reading the other reviews, I understand that several scenes were deleted from the DVD and it makes sense why it's choppy. It still doesn't fix the choppy transitions in some places or unexplained things, but at least we know WHY it doesn't flow smoothly.
#2 - If they're going to edit out crucial scenes on the DVD to make it more friendly for children, why do they still leave some things that are just not right for kids (The near-naked bartender, the repeated use of 'Oh my G**!", etc.). If they're going to edit it for kids, edit it all the way or not at all.
#3 - The story is too contrived (even for a kid movie) and poorly written in too many places. The dialogue seems forced and fake too often, and the character transition (the stubborn independent heroine suddenly becoming soft and tender for no explicable reason?) is just not believable at all.
#4 - It seems like it's trying so hard to be a kid's movie but doesn't understand that the elements to make a good movie for grown-ups still need to be there for kids (believable characters, a consistent plot, no unnecessary scenes that make you scratch your head and ask "What was the point of that?").
Bottom line: The movie fell short of being truly wonderful. It was cute enough and could easily have been a top-ten movie for us with a few minor tweaks. It started out with a great idea and is right on the edge of going from mediocre to masterful...but never does. Add to that a 5-year-old walking around the house saying "Oh my G**!" over and over and your 3-year old taking his pants off to be like the bartender and you get a frustrating 'kids' movie to have purchased with my own kids in mind. Very frustrating for a parent to see your little ones mocking all the stuff you hated most in the movie.
Like I said, so close and yet so far away...
Although the sequels can be had in Blu-ray in English, this multi-language version seems to be the only way to obtain the first film in the series, but it is worth the cost and the slight bother. The animations are perfect, and the story is wonderful. There seems to be no problems with the translation looking poorly synced. I suspect it was filmed in English or converted with great effort. The writer/director is Luc Besson, who wrote and directed one of my favorites, The 5th Element, with Bruce Willis and Mila Jovovich.
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My 7 year old actually gave this a 3 (I would have gone higher). She said "it was good and everything, but, I mean, not the best". #futurefilmcritic?Published 26 days ago by cathy bishop
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Both my daughters liked this movie when they where little. I bought it for my youngest and bought another one for my grandson's.Published 1 month ago by Corina Lopez
If they are going to use and amazing voice like David Bowie's, they should write better lines. There were a few good ones, but the part could have been played by literally ANYONE... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Megan Scarlett