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What 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.
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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.
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