Linnea in Monet's Garden



Charming animated film explains artist's work to kids.
  • Review Date: January 8, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1999
  • Running Time: 29 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Young viewers learn all about Impressionism, specifically about Claude Monet and Paris, through narration, paintings, and pictures.

Positive messages

Kids have the capacity to understand and appreciate art, if you let them lead the way.

Positive role models

Linnea is interesting and interested in the world, and Mr. Bloom is a nurturing grandfather figure who respects her ability to understand painting.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some scenes show adults having wine at mealtimes.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Linnea in Monet's Garden is a charming short animated film about a young girl who visits France to learn about the famous Impressionist painter. There's not much of a story, and it comes across more like a fun lesson, and it should teach young viewers how to better appreciate the subtle artistic style of Impressionism. There's nothing unsuitable for kids, though a few scenes feature people enjoying a glass of wine with their meals.

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

Linnea, a young girl, loves the work of Claude Monet, especially his paintings of one particular pond, featuring a bridge, a rowboat, and flowers. Her friend Mr. Bloom, an elderly Parisian gentleman who's quite familiar with the famous Impressionist painter, decides that the best way to help her understand Monet's work is to visit the artist's home in France, where she can see the garden that inspired so many famous images.

Is it any good?


LINNEA IN MONET'S GARDEN, a charming animated film based on a children's book of the same name, is a pleasant excursion and beautiful introduction to Impressionism. Mr. Bloom is a patient and pleasant teacher, and he helps both Linnea and the viewers see how Monet transferred his visions to canvas. The film mixes a basic animation style with real photos of Monet, his family, and his paintings. The result is a delightful lesson in art appreciation.

But it's not much more than that: a lesson. There's not really a story beyond Mr. Bloom's explanations, and while they're ideal for younger viewers, some might complain that Linnea in Monet's Garden is better suited for a classroom than for watching at home. But at 24 minutes, most kids won't even have the chance to complain.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Monet. Did you learn anything new about the famous painter? What do you think about his work?

  • Does this seem more like a story or an educational lesson?

Movie details

DVD release date:July 13, 1999
Cast:Erin Torpey, Sam Cray
Directors:Christina Bjork, Lena Anderson
Studio:First Run Features
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Arts and dance
Run time:29 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

This review of Linnea in Monet's Garden was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Parent of a 4, 5, and 8 year old Written byconservativereviewer April 26, 2013

Perfect for 2yr-8yr, art appreciation short film

This short 24 min. show is the perfect amount of time for the genre. I love it's unique feel. There aren't any other cartoon's out that teach the value of art appreciation in the form of painting; at least that I have found. It will probably not hold most 2-3 yr attention for long but my 4 and 5.5 yr old were intrigued. They sat and watched attentively the entire time. My 8 yr old didn't care for the mix between cartoon and real life film. However, I found there to be great value in the way they used cartoon characters yet showed actual film of Monet's paintings and a few flowers. When the review mentions wine, it really is only a bottle of wine in a picnic basket full of foods and then a photo that the girl takes of the elderly gentelmen in front of the picnic spread and he is holding a glass (not even a wine glass, more like a tumbler) of wine and smiling. There isn't any actual "drinking" of the wine that I recall and it was super short lived. If you were concerned about it (as I was a little) don't be and do not let it stop you from viewing this show with children of any age. I am pretty tight with what I let my kids watch (I don't allow any of the cartoon network junk that Netflix added to the "Just for kids" section, no Ruby Gloom, Rango, Shrek, I even think Phineas & Ferb with the whole older sibling boy attraction is over the top for an 8 yr old...just to give you an idea of what I limit) and I would not second guess this one at all. It teaches the value of art with no name calling, feelings getting hurt, or arguing and that's what I consider a great movie for my kids!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Star Wars Guide