Arthur and the invisibles
I'm a sci-fi, fantasy, animation fan, so this movie is right up my alley. My favorite scene was the one where Grandma is telling Arthur about Granddad's travels. The lighting is that magical golden-amber and your imagination runs away as she tells the story of the giants, their brothers the little people and the rubies they gave granddad.
But let me back up, our hero, Arthur is a little boy who lives with his grandmother (Mia Farrow) in the country. His parents call from the city on his birthday because they are still there trying to find work. He's of course sad because they aren't with him. But grandma had someone bake him a cake, (their oven isn't woring) and she has a wind-up toy car as a gift for him.
Granddad disappeared a few years ago, and unfortunately, a bad guy is going to come take the property they live on because they can't pay the bills. This is where Grandma tells Arthur stories of Granddad's travels, and how he made friends with a tribe of very tall people, and another group of very small people. They are sort of two sides of one coin. They call each other brothers. To thank granddad for his help, they give him the rubies, which could be very helpful given their financial problems.
Arthur asks his grandmother where the rubies are and she explains that granddad hid them in the back yard, and looked tirelessly for them, but couldn't find them. Then, he disappeared.
Through a series of clues, (another of my favorite parts) Arthur discovers how to get to the land of the little people, and this is where the adventure begins. He becomes a Minimoy, which to us means he becomes an animated, and somewhat more hip version of himself. He meets the king (Robert DiNero) and his daughter (Madonna).
He finds out that his grandfather has been through their land and went to look for the rubies. A bad guy, with the voice of David Bowie, threatens their land, and has the rubies. Arthur, the princess, and her little brother go off to face the bad guy. On the way, they discover that one of Arthur's inventions is going to be used by the bad guys to hurt the Minimoys.
They find Granddad in prison, where they also end up. They of course get out, save the Minimoys and Arthur and his granddad get home with the rubies to save the day.
There is also hope for a future relationship, because Arthur is able to go visit every 10 moons. And the final scene the princess is looking at him through his window saying "I'll wait for you."
I liked it, my six year old liked it, but my three year old did not.