The Long, Long Holiday

TV review by
Mark Dolan, Common Sense Media
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Wonderful animated series about life in occupied France.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Ernest and Colette learn perseverance and responsibility as well as acceptance and forgiveness; many characters exhibit great bravery in the face of the enemy.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ernest, Colette, and their friends are very loyal to each other. The townspeople help each other when food rations become tight. Grandma and Grandpa make personal sacrifices to keep the children well.


The children watch fighter planes have a dogfight; a fighter plane strafes a caravan and a young character is almost hit. The kids stumble upon a dead soldier but no blood is shown; an injured soldier has a small wound on his chest, but it's mostly hidden by his jacket. Explosions are heard as a nearby town is bombed; a bridge explodes. Resistance fighters, Germans exchange gunfire. Ernest picked on by local bullies -- a few mild tussles. Pet pig threatened with slaughter; on a farm, chicken and rabbits treated as food source.


A few instances of "damn" and "hell"; the French refer to the invading Germans as "Fritz" or "Krauts."


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults are seen smoking and drinking wine (it is France, after all).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Long, Long Holiday is a beautifully animated French series about two young Parisian children living in the French countryside during the early years of World War II. The show deals with complex topics ranging from bullying to prejudice. Even more intense subjects -- including food rationing, prisoners of war, French collaborators, and the rounding up of Jews -- arise when the country is occupied by the Germans and the war progresses. The realities of wartime are presented matter-of-factly but not graphically. Tweens, teens, and parents, especially those with an interest in history, will find plenty to appreciate here. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byrmd234 December 4, 2020

Serious situations but brilliantly deep historical storytelling

Très bon! There was some violence that might upset sensitive kids but my 9yo loved it. My spouse and I learned a lot.
Adult Written byRonjasMom February 24, 2020

Absolutely fantastic show

The quality of this show is excellent; adults will enjoy it, too. I loved little details such authentic-seeming posters on bar walls, and who would expect a k... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bytheguys July 12, 2018


One of my favorite animated shows of all time. Violence And Scariness: 7/10 It's really fine other than the final episode which has a lot of violence and k... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byJuliette-365 May 20, 2018

What's the story?

In THE LONG, LONG HOLIDAY, sensitive, 12-year-old Ernest, his lively six-year-old sister, Colette, and their parents leave Paris to visit family in the French countryside during the summer of 1939. When Germany invades France, their summer vacation turns into an extended stay. With their father joining the army and their mother requiring treatment in Switzerland for an illness, Ernest and Colette must remain in the country with their grandparents. The children develop a close-knit group of friends who come to rely on each other as the Germans occupy their town and the war complicates their young lives.

Is it any good?

Beautifully animated in a style that resembles Hayao Miyazaki crossed with a Tintin comic, this wonderful, poignant series explores the five-year adventure of two siblings in the French countryside during World War II. Grounded in real behaviors and believable stakes, the show explores the personal hardships and simple pleasures of everyday life during wartime. Whether it's receiving a letter about the fate of your father who's off at war, or bonding with friends in your secret clubhouse, the creators present these moments realistically and without the blatant emotional manipulation that often characterizes kids' programming. The Long, Long Holiday is told through the eyes of the children, but the sharp storytelling and smart script respect the intelligence of the audience, making it a perfect example of a show that can truly be enjoyed by the whole family.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it's like to live in wartime. How does it affect kids? 

  • All the characters in The Long, Long Holiday act bravely at one time or another. Are there different types of courage? Why do you think it's an important character strength

  • Ernest and Colette are bullied when they first arrive but later become friends with the bully. Is this believable? Have you ever been enemies with someone who you later befriended?  

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Our editors recommend

For kids who love history

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