Parents' Guide to

The Man Who Planted Trees

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Ethereal, serious animated films with environmental themes.

Movie NR 2004 315 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 4+

Rare movie with nothing bad in it, far more enjoyable than we expected (review by wife of user)

We didn't know what to expect with this movie, and I almost didn't let my 7/8 year old see it because of the average of 10, had to look everywhere online, even call up the person who lent it. Yes, nothing in it. It's a puppet show with no objectionable content. I was worried that the environmentalism would be heavy-handed (earth-friendly here but not an extremist), but this didn't even touch on that. It was more of a movie about how a person could make a difference than one about the environment, with a lot of humor. So why do I think the average age would be so high? There's French in it, and some people don't want their child interrupting in frustration to know what they are saying--it doesn't bother me to stop and explain, but if you don't speak it you have to infer--some children are good at that. I put age 4 because I only do short shows before then, and this is full-length. I promise my standards are high, I catch things others don't and am very measured when I introduce things to my child. I wish someone told me, but there weren't enough reviews here, so I hope this helps. Also there is a weird scene where a puppet completely goes crazy over making money. At the end they strongly imply that beautiful neighborhoods stop crime and you like I may feel it's being oversimplified, so be prepared for that kind of conversation. UPDATE: I'm not sure if I've got the right version here based on what others are saying. This is done in Scotland as puppet show but the cover looked similar. Regardless I hope this is still helpful in getting a feel for the content as there's only two total reviews.
age 10+

Exquisite tale on the impact of one person on the planet

This 30 minute animation is a beautiful rendition of the Jean Giono tale set in the Alps between the two world wars. I agree that it is probably more for the 10+ crowd, as the animation style and the story line may be lost on younger kids, but I cannot recommend it too highly. Difficult to find in DVD, but currently on YouTube in its entirety.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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This collection of nine short animated films is a celebration of the ethereal and exquisitely impressionistic work of animator Frederic Back. It includes the Oscar-winning The Man Who Planted Trees and the Oscar-nominated The Mighty River.

The title story, based on a story by French author Jean Giono, is a masterpiece of storytelling and animation, and similar themes of man's relationship to the land in which he lives is explored in the other films. Beautifully rendered, dreamlike and allegorical, The Man Who Planted Trees is a story for the ages.

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