Arthur and the Invisibles 2 & 3: The New Minimoy Adventures
By Tracy Moore,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Sequels offer more peril and scares than original.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Arthur the Invisibles 2 & 3 espouse positive messages about our connectedness with nature, down to the smallest insects, and about the importance of keeping your word.
Positive Role Models
Characters are somewhat quirky but well-intentioned, while the majority of adults are present and responsible. Although the film presents good vs. evil in the usual action-oriented fashion, it also shows some of the thinking behind the darker characters' motives and agendas.
Violence & Scariness
Both films here offer some menace with perilous scenes, such as when they wrap Arthur to shrink him down and squeeze all the water out of him. In other scenes he's chased by giant rats, dodges a giant fan, fights a giant hairy spider or two, and faces down a mosquito army. The evil Maltazard is a no easy sight to behold -- something of a mix of ancient warrior and something out of Alien.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Main character Arthur has a romantic interest in Princess Selenia, and in one brief scene in Arthur 3, they kiss.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In Arthur 2, Arthur shares a glowing green drink of unidentifiable substance in the club with another character. In Arthur 3, Maltazard sets off a wicked explosion by dropping a lit cigar (that he has just puffed on) into a trail of gasoline.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Arthur 2 & 3 are largely centered around nature and imaginative adventure, but feature some menace and peril with frightening-looking characters and giant insects. The films are framed around a kid who has run away from his parents and grandparents. There's a scene involving the drinking of an unknown substance in a bar-like setting in Arthur 2, and a scene involving an explosion started with a lit, smoked cigar in Arthur 3. Additionally, Arthur 3 involves much more extensive fighting, peril, and weapons use in combat scenes.
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What's the Story?
The story of Arthur and the Invisibles continues with this double-disc offering of two full-length followup features. In ARTHUR 2: THE REVENGE OF MALTAZARD, Arthur (Freddie Highmore) rejoins his princess Selenia (voiced by Selena Gomez) and the fight against the evil Maltazard (Lou Reed) after shrinking down to backyard size. But he soon discovers this was all part of Maltazard's plans for dominance. In ARTHUR AND THE INVISIBLES 3: THE WAR OF THE TWO WORLDS, Maltazar has finagled his way into giant status and is plaguing the human world while Arthur and the gang continue to marshal the forces for his defeat.
Is It Any Good?
Serving up high adventure, giant insects and bugs, and a lively, hyper-active otherworld of the things that go bump in the backyard, the movie offers plenty to entertain kids. though younger kids may have nightmares after extended viewing of some of these beastly characters, and parents will want to address that cigar explosion.
Otherwise, parents can get behind the pro-nature, pro-family angle, and will likely thoroughly enjoy Lou Reed as the pensive bad guy Maltazard. FYI: Arthur 2 is considerably less action- and violence-oriented than the third installment, but the third installment has all the fun.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the impact humans have on nature, even in and around their own homes. Do you think about the way your family's lifestyle affects the animals and plants in your yard, or neighborhood, or city?
Arthur runs away from home when he realizes he needs to help his friends, but thinks that his parents wouldn't understand. Was it OK for him to do that? Have you ever felt you should go behind your parents' back to help someone? What were the consequences?
- On DVD or streaming: March 12, 2013
- Cast: Freddie Highmore, Mia Farrow, Selena Gomez
- Director: Luc Besson
- Inclusion Information: Latinx actors
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Science and Nature
- Run time: 196 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: Rated PG for fantasy action and brief suggestive material
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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