Parent of a 5 and 8 year oldWritten bySStarrMay 23, 2014
Gentle, sweet movie with devastating ending
If you have sensitive kids, this is not the movie for you. It is a gentle story about a boy and his balloon, beautifully photographed -- until the end when the balloon gets deliberately destroyed by bullies. Yes, a host of other balloons come, but the special balloon is gone forever. My five-year-old said afterwards, "Mom, you PROMISED that kids' movies have happy endings!" Yeah.... sorry, kid.
I don't see why this is rated 7+??? Other than some older kids chasing him (doesn't that happen on every playground in the world at all ages??) there's nothing even remotely scary or anything else about this movie. Even a 2 or 3 year old would probably just like watching the balloon. A true classic.
Parent of a 3 year oldWritten bycaitlinvsFebruary 21, 2011
Classic movie that's good for all ages
This is a beautiful movie with virtually no dialogue (the dialogue there is is in French; it has subtitles), about the relationship between a seemingly sentient balloon & a young boy. Our son began watching this movie before he was two & still loves it, as I did as a child. There are a few scary moments (other boys chasing the boy & his balloon, trying to pop it & then succeeding) but it's really one of the sweetest kids' movies ever made.
Perfect. Real storytelling. Visually appealing. Real live action without editing tricks. Captivating. Good message, in the end. The complexity of the messages might be best for age 4+, but compared to just about every other movie I've seen for kids, this movie is relatively angelic.
We watched this in high school in class one day. (I forget which class we watched it in.) None of us liked it. While this movie is suitable for all ages, it's not a good movie. The plot is so nonexistent that it makes TOM AND JERRY appear to have strong plots by comparison.