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Running Time:
1 hour, 43 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for fantasy action and brief suggestive material

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A middling mix of computer-animation and live-action that promises much but delivers little. It may keep younger audiences entertained.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: The voices of Arthur and the Invisibles; "Quest for Love" music video performed by Jewel; In the recording studio with Jewel; "Beautiful Day" music video performed by Elijah; The chosen trailer from the "make Your Own Arthur and the Invisibles Movie Mash-Up" Game; Theatrical trailer; Language: English 5.1; Subtitles: English [CC], Spanish

Arthur and the Invisibles
The beginning and end of the film takes place on a real farm with real actors. They are played by Freddie Highmore ("Charlie and the Chocolate Factory") as Arthur and Mia Farrow ("Rosemary's Baby") as his loving grandma. The rest of the film takes place in a computer-animated fantasyland.
It seems that Arthur's grandpa has been missing for some time, and the story takes Arthur into the magical world in the garden, where he believes the old man has gone. It's a world where Arthur finds a bunch of cute little people so tiny they're almost invisible. Arthur quest is to find his grandpa so that he will tell him where the treasure he's sure has been buried, can be found or his grandma's going to lose the farm to some greedy land developers. In the fantasy Arthur falls in love, andf ights some villainous monsters, the most frightening of whom is voiced by David Bowie.

Director Luc Besson, who wrote The Transporter and directed La Femme Nikita, is fine staging the energetic action sequences. It'ste scenes in between that are problematic. There's little sense of wonder and the perfunctory romance between Arthur and one of the Invisibles (a princess voiced by a hideously miscast Madonna) is horrible. Some of the Invisibles are unique and appealing creatures. The king voiced by Robert De Niro has some nice comic moments, as does a ferryman played by Emilio Estevez. But it's a routine story with a few borrowing from children's classics such as a sword inexplicably stuck in a stone, but there's little real warmth making this a movie to endure with your children, not to enjoy watching with them.

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