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Linnea in Monet's Garden

4.4 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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{WINNER! Best Animated Film, New England Children's Film Festival}

Here she comes, right from the pages of the bestselling book LINNEA IN MONET'S GARDEN. The charming tale about a little girl's love for Impressionist Claude Monet's paintings is now brought to life in full animation. Join Linnea and her friend Mr. Bloom as they set off to Paris, and then to Monet's garden in Giverny. Watch with delight as they discover the real places which served as inspiration for their favorite paintings. And marvel as the paintings and the garden come to "life" in live action.

LINNEA IN MONET'S GARDEN is a unique blend of imagination and education, teaching children about the art and life of one of the most important painters of the 20th century, while entertaining them with the mystery and beauty of art and nature.

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Lena Anderson and Christina Bjork have turned their popular children's book into a charming, simply animated introduction to the work of Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Linnea, a vibrant little Swedish girl, is intrigued by the paintings of gardens she sees in a book in the home of her friend, Mr. Bloom. Together they go to Paris, where they visit the Marmottan, a little-known museum with an exceptional collection of Monets. Linnea discovers the familiar paintings are just "blobs and smears" up close, but become recognizable flowers when seen at the proper distance. Mr. Bloom explains that Monet sought to suggest the play of light on water and foliage, rather than recording it in detail. The next day, they make their pilgrimage to Giverny, to walk amid the scenery Monet painted. Linnea is bright and well-mannered but never priggish; her relationship with Mr. Bloom suggests mutual affection and respect. The animation itself is fairly minimal--comparable to Saturday morning cartoons--but the story and well-photographed paintings make up for its limits. Linnea could easily be expanded into a series that would teach children about the life and work of other important artists. --Charles Solomon

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  • Includes Interactive Game

Product Details

  • Actors: Heinz Schachtner
  • Directors: Lena Anderson, Christina Bjork
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 1999
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000IZ83
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,934 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: VHS Tape
I am an elementary art teacher & use this video while teaching Claude Monet. I never tire of watching it, & neither do the kids. I use it in my third grade curriculum, but kids in grades 4-6 request to see it again & again! I also use the book of the same name which is nearly identical to the video. It is 30 minutes long, just right for young attention spans, and allows time at the end of class to make lily pads & flowers "from Monet's Garden"! My favorite lesson. :o)
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I use this video in an "Arts Alive" presentation I do for third graders. I have used it for 3 years and it is VERY well received by the classes. It really brings Monet's paintings alive and shows them that art still lives. It is a combo of cartoon story, still photos of Monet's works and live-action video of his home in Giverny. A perfect choice for any school arts program of a great video for kids of any age.
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By A Customer on September 19, 2000
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I bought this video after reading all of the reviews. My daughter grew up with Barney and other TV shows, loves Disney animated films and is generally an aficionado of the visual television/movie medium! I was worried that the pace of this might be too slow and that the criticism mentioned by one reviewer would apply in my daughter's situation. I wanted her to "learn" about Monet, however, so decided to try it out.
She's not an artist and loves action-packed videos, but still loved this video. She immediately identified with Linnea (but laughingly said Linnea is more polite than she!) and loved the interaction with the old man, Mr. Bloom. She was entranced with the glimpses of Monet from photographs and paintings intertwined with the video. Linnea helped her see how the paintings looked "splotchy" up close but were beautiful impressions when viewed from further back.
The only criticism I have is that the mouths don't quite move appropriately with the words being said! This is distracting (and is no doubt why some reviewers thought the video was poor quality). It didn't bother my six year old, however, and after a while, I didn't notice it either.
The video brings Monet to life by the appreciation of his work that it engenders. Its peaceful feeling and pace mesh with the subject and enhance understanding.
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The book Linnea in Monet's Garden has been a favorite in our house for years, and when I found the DVD some time ago I bought it right away. Since then it has been played over and over again. By myself, but mostly by my six years old daughter. We have been to Monet's garden in Giverny, and watching the video brings back such good memories.
The vidoe is so creatively made, with the story of the small girl Linnea and her old friend and neighbour Mr. Bloom. They are both lovers of flowers and of painters, and Monet is one of their favorites. They both dream about going from Sweden where they live, to Giverny and Monet's garden outside Paris. And wonder over all wonders, one day their dream comes true. They travel together to Paris and to Giverny, and we are invited to go with them.
The story is told in a charming way, with alot of illustrations from their trip and we also get to know several of Monet's paintings. Both children and adults will learn alot about Monet and his life, and about the impressionist period in art.
Britt Arnhild Lindland
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My 3 yo loves this movie and asks for it daily as "Mr. Bloom". It's a very peaceful movie, with nice human to human discussion about painting and Monet's life. My younger daughter isn't very interested in painting or viewing art, so the appeal for her likely goes beyond the obvious subject.
Thoughts I have on why (she hasn't told me why she loves it so), are because of the simple animation, and IME, young children love interacting with older people. This movie is a very nice conversation between two people who clearly respect each other. Maybe children don't see enough of that in our age-segregated society.
There some nice shots of a couple of Monet's paintings, but my daughter hasn't swung into painting in the Impressionist style as a result of viewing this. :-)
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I teach elementary art and showed this video for the first time to my fourth grade students. They were very impressed with the story line and the little "tid-bits" of Monet trivia along the way. When we completed the video I had several students ask about a field trip to Monet's Garden! The ooh's and aah's that the children were giving pretty much sums it all up!!
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As a fan of Impressionist art, I eyed the Linnea books and video before I had kids. Found it on sale and gave it to my 2.5-year-old for Christmas last year. Thought it would be a long time before he'd be interested. Wrong! He asks for this video EVERY day. Apparently it reaches him on some level, and it's a video I think he'll get more from as the years go by. I love the way they blend real photos of Monet, Giverny, and the art with the cartoon. Its low-key production is very refreshing in an age where children are bombarded with special effects from the earliest ages.
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April 28, 2004
I first came upon this charming short in the Children's Room of the Donnell Library, part of the NYPL. I was intrigued by a film for children explaining Monet, one of the harder artists to explain in art appreciation terms for young people. I was not disappointed.
This short from Sweden with English-language dubbing has a number of subtle qualities: a mediation on a well-known but elusive artist and his life; the relationship between Linnea, a curious and sometimes feisty child of about 9 or 10, and her upstairs neighbor, the kindly Mr. Bloom (Blomquist in Swedish), just the right friend and mentor a young person should have to introduce them to art, and on the French countryside they encounter at Giverny, a character in itself. Unusual and charming, Linnea could be introduced to other artists in future films but then the style and content might become formulaic. Better to leave them both in Monet's Garden. The animation is quiet and unobstrusive and would be good to introduce American children to, accustomed to more fast-moving and louder styles.
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