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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Young viewers learn all about Impressionism, specifically about Claude Monet and Paris, through narration, paintings, and pictures.
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.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some scenes show adults having wine at mealtimes.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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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