10 Best French Children’s Movies

Thursday, March 10 by Annette Smith

For the ten best French children’s movies, consider the following list. Arranged chronologically by film release date, these movies represent the best family films ever produced in France. From shorts to animation to full-length feature films, this list has it all.

  1. “The Red Balloon.” “The Red Balloon,” originally titled “Le ballon rouge,” is a French short film for children and families. The award-winning 1956 production follows the adventures of a young boy and a red balloon that follows him around the streets of Paris. Directed by French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse, the film stars his children, Pascal and Sabine.
  2. “The Bear.” “The Bear,” originally titled “L'ours,” is a 1988 French children’s drama. The adventure story follows an orphaned bear cub and an adult male in their survival against human hunters. The film stars Tchéky Karyo, Bart the Bear, and Youk the Bear.
  3. “Astérix et Obélix contre César.” “Astérix et Obélix contre César” is a 1999 French-Belgian movie based on the Asterix and Obelix comic books. The comedy-adventure is set in Julius Caesar’s Rome and stars Christian Clavier, Gérard Depardieu, and Roberto Benigni.
  4. “C'est pas ma faute!” “C'est pas ma faute!”, translated “maybe it’s me!”, is a 1999 French comedy film. Its focus is an eleven-year-old boy who means well, but his attempts to be helpful end in disaster. Gautier Kusnierek, Thierry Lhermitte, and Arielle Dombasle star in this film for kids.
  5. “Cirque du Soleil: Quidam.” “Cirque du Soleil: Quidam” is a 1999 French documentary film the whole family can enjoy. Cirque du Soleil, translated “circus of the sun,” is a mix of circus and street entertainment from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The film stars John Gilkey, Franco Dragone, and Chris Lashua.
  6. “My Father, My Mother, M Brothers, And My Sisters.” “My Father, My Mother, My Brothers, And My Sisters,” originally titled “Mon père, ma mère, mes frères et mes soeurs,” is a 1999 French family film. It revolves around a young single mother with three children who have never met their fathers. Victoria Abril, Charlotte de Turckheim, and Alain Bashung star in the film.
  7. “Tom Thumb.” “Tom Thumb,” originally titled “Le petit pouset,” is a 2001 fantasy film for the entire family. This French children’s film is based on a Charles Perrault fairy tale and stars Nils Hugon, Raphaël Fuchs-Willig, and William Touil.
  8. “I, Cesar.” “I, Cesar,” originally titled “Moi, Cesar” is a 2003 French children’s movie. The comedy-drama tells of a schoolboy in Paris who creates stories to add excitement to his ordinary life. The film stars Jules Sitruk, Maria de Medeiros, and Jean-Philippe Écoffey.
  9. “The Triplets of Belleville.” “The Triplets of Belleville,” originally titled “Les triplettes de Belleville,” is a 2003 animated film about an elderly grandmother raising her young grandson. When the boy is kidnapped during the Tour de France, the woman and her dog join a song-and-dance team to rescue him. Jean-Claude Donda, Michèle Caucheteux, and Michel Robin lend their voice talents.
  10. “Fox And The Child.” “Fox And The Child,” originally titled “Le renard et L’Enfant,” is a 2007 French children’s movie. The fairy tale documentary looks at a young girl and her friendship with a fox. The award-winning production stars Bertille Noël-Bruneau, Isabelle Carré, and Thomas Laliberté.