Linnea in Monet's Garden

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Charming animated film explains artist's work to kids.
  • NR
  • 1999
  • 29 minutes

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age 2+
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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some scenes show adults having wine at mealtimes.

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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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 t... Continue reading

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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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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