Arthur and The Invisibles

Arthur and the Invisibles

Luc Besson (2006)

U Certificate


Our Score
This anglicised family fantasy from co-writer/director Luc Besson obviously loses something in translation. Based on his series of French children's books (co-authored with Céline Garcia), the film uses live action and computer-generated effects to tell the story of ten-year-old Arthur (Freddie Highmore), who shrinks himself down to micro-size to enlist the help of a tribe of tiny, elfin beings called the Minimoys. Together they set out to find a lost fortune that will save the boy's family home from foreclosure. Despite the presence of such luminaries as Madonna, David Bowie and Robert De Niro, the voice artistry here is decidedly ordinary and the plot may prove too convoluted for younger audiences. Yet there's little here either for accompanying adults, who may wonder why they're being asked to root for creatures that resemble the trolls they used to stick on top of pencils.


Ten-year-old Arthur's vivid imagination is captured by the tales his grandmother tells of a kingdom hidden in the garden. When his home comes under threat, Arthur plans to enlist the help of the fairy-like creatures residing on the property. Luc Besson's part-animated fantasy adventure, based on his own series of children's books, starring Freddie Highmore and Mia Farrow and featuring the voices of Madonna, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel and Emilio Estevez.

Cast & Crew

Arthur Freddie Highmore
Granny Mia Farrow
Arthur's mother Penny Balfour
Arthur's father Doug Rand
Princess Selenia Madonna
Betameche Jimmy Fallon
The King Robert De Niro
Miro Harvey Keitel
Ferryman Emilio Estevez
Max Snoop Dogg
Maltazard David Bowie
Director Luc Besson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 2 Feb 2007
Drama Children's