Arthur and the Invisibles parents guide

Arthur and the Invisibles Parent Guide

Overall B

After a greedy land developer threatens to take over the family farm, eleven-year-old Arthur (Freddie Highmore) attempts to save the day by looking for a lost treasure. Along the way he discovers a secret land full of people so tiny, they are almost invisible--and that's when the real adventure begins in this family friendly, live-action / computer-animation mix.

Release date January 11, 2007

Violence B-
Sexual Content B-
Profanity B+
Substance Use B+

Why is Arthur and the Invisibles rated PG? The MPAA rated Arthur and the Invisibles PG fantasy action and brief suggestive material

Run Time: 103 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Arthur’s (Freddie Highmore) adventurous grandfather, Archibald (Ron Crawford), has disappeared, leaving the young boy and his Granny (Mia Farrow) to take care of the family farm. But doing the chores is the least of their worries when a greedy land developer shows up on their doorstep with plans to buy them out, raze the homestead and build an expansive apartment complex in the meadow.

With only 48 hours to stop the malicious takeover, Arthur searches his grandfather’s journal to find clues to a treasure buried on the plot by the now absent ancestor. According to the diary, there’s a group of tiny, nearly invisible people known as the Minimoys living in the backyard. Somewhere in this miniature world is hidden a pile of rubies that will pay off the family’s debt.

Following the coded instructions, Arthur discovers a secret entrance into the land of the Minimoys where he meets the King (voiced by Robert De Niro), his son Betameche (voiced by Jimmy Fallon) and his daughter, the petulant princess, Selenia (voiced by Madonna). However Arthur also discovers that the evil Maltazard (voiced by David Bowie) is trying to destroy the little peoples’ land and crown himself ruler of all seven kingdoms of the Invisibles.

So before the now-miniature Arthur searches for the hidden jewels to help Granny save the farm, he must make a treacherous trek across the backyard with Selenia and Betameche to stop Maltazard’s villainous plot.

During the journey, the group of minuscule travelers is exposed to natural dangers and meet a fantastical array of characters including a Caribbean-inspired bar owner named Max (voiced by Snoop Dog) who’s male region is scarcely covered by an itty bitty loin cloth. After offering the trio some refreshing drinks, Max and his sidekick, Koolomassai (voiced by Anthony Anderson), also help Arthur and his friends escape from the clutches of Maltazard’s evil son Darkos (voiced by Jason Bateman) and his henchmen who raid the bar looking for the do-gooders. Hand-to-hand skirmishes, sword fighting and air attacks are all part of the resulting conflict that may scare young audience members.

Otherwise, blighted only by name-calling and some ill-used terms of Deity, Arthur’s expedition to save the farm and in turn the kingdom of the Invisibles is full of the expected kind of good vs. evil adventure. With a pure heart and a hefty helping of ingenuity, the young boy tackles the evil forces that threaten his home and takes viewers along for a rollicking retelling of the age-old tale of King Arthur.

Starring Freddie Highmore, Madonna, Robert De Niro. Running time: 103 minutes. Theatrical release January 11, 2007. Updated

Arthur and the Invisibles
Rating & Content Info

Why is Arthur and the Invisibles rated PG? Arthur and the Invisibles is rated PG by the MPAA fantasy action and brief suggestive material

Although an overzealous land grabber threatens Arthur and his granny, the real adventures begin for the young boy when he is transported to the land of the Invisibles. Attacked by soldiers riding on mosquitoes and forced to fight with weapons in close combat, the Minimoys are also threatened with drowning. Scantily clad characters include the bar owner and the princess’s bare midriff. A budding love interest between the 10-year-old human and the tiny royal are minimal sexual issues. In the land of the large, an unlicensed Arthur runs the family car into a tree while Granny snoozes after she mistakenly takes an overdose of sleeping medicine. The script contains some name-calling and a few terms of Deity.

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Arthur and the Invisibles Parents' Guide

Why is Arthur able to remove the sword from the stone? What does it mean to have a pure heart? Who is helped by his efforts to save the family farm?

The story Arthur and the Invisibles, a loose retelling of the King Arthur legend, is based on a book by the director Luc Besson. If you were to write your own version of the King Arthur story, what setting and the time period would you choose?

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Arthur and the Invisibles movie is May 14, 2007. Here are some details…

DVD Release Date: 15 May 2007

Enter the land of the little people with the DVD release of Arthur and the Invisibles. Other teeny tidbits included on the disc are a featurette about The Voices of Arthur & The Invisibles, a trailer gallery, music videos of the movie’s songs Beautiful Day (performed by Elijah) and Quest For Love (performed by Jewel), as well as a making-of Jewel’s music video.

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