Parents' Guide to

The Red Balloon

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Imaginative story told entirely through vivid visuals.

Movie NR 1957 34 minutes
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age 3+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 5+
age 5+

An incredible movie, no words, just a compelling story. I saw this movie often in elementary school growing up in the 60's. My question from the first time I saw this movie, up until today is: How did they get him down after the balloons carried him away? He was pretty high up there

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Kids say (5):

In a world where far too much is overemphasized or explained nearly to death, a film such as The Red Balloon is a rare and invigorating pleasure. Winner of an Academy Award in 1956 for Best Original Screenplay, as well as the Cannes Film Festival's Grand Prize and, most impressively, the 1968 Best Film of the Decade Educational Film Award, THE RED BALLOON is a tender and charming film all ages can benefit from seeing and talking about. Ask a dozen children who've seen this film what the balloon represents, and you might get a dozen answers.

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