10 Best French Movies For Kids

Sunday, April 10 by Amber Grey

This is a list of 10 best French movies for kids. Some of the films are animated, while others are live-action, but all of them are sure to entertain and teach children about French culture. They are even guaranteed to thrill adults as well.

  1. "The Illusionist" This Academy Award-nominated animated film tells the story of a out-of-work French illusionist who travels to Scotland for adventure. This is a touching and wonderful story for children to enjoy.
  2. "La Belle et la Bete" (Beauty and the Beast) Directed by Jean Cocteau. This is a live-action black and white adaptation of the French fairy tale. This film has a lush and beautiful art design and is easy to follow for children even though it is spoken in French and has English subtitles.
  3. "Etre et Avoir" (To Be and To Have) Directed by Nicolas Philibert. This is a French documentary which follows a small class of children, ranging from ages four to twelve, for a single school year. It gives children and adults a real-life perspective of children who live in the villages outside of Paris.
  4. "The Triplets of Belleville" A grandmother tries to cheer up her grandson with gifts until one day she gives him a tricycle. The boy loves it and is trained by his grandmother to compete in the Tour de France. This entertaining film will help teach children early on to hope and to work hard for what they want.
  5. "The Red Balloon" It tells the simple, original tale of a little boy and his red balloon. This is a half-hour short film but is sure to not only entertain children but make adults feel like a kid again.
  6. "Mr. Hulot's Holiday" This life-action film is directed by and stars Jacques Tati as lovable but clumsy Monsieur Hulot. As a part of the Mr. Hulot's series, Mr. Hulot's encounters harmless misadventures at a beach resort. This film contains slapstick humor.
  7. "Small Change" This film, directed by Francois Truffaut, tells the story of a group of children who live in the town of Thiers, France. This film explores themes of growing up and is recommended for children in their pre-teens because of some of the adult references.
  8. "Tintin and the Lake of Sharks" This animated film features the famous comic book character Tintin as he is sent to guard Professor Calculus and his machine that can duplicate anything. This film will help introduce children to "TinTin," a classic, beloved character exported from France.
  9. "Le Roi et L'oiseau" (The King and the Mockingbird) This is an extraordinary animated film directed be Paul Grimault, which is loosely based off of Hans Christan Anderson's fairy tale, "The Sheperdess and the Chimney Sweep." This film is recommended because it provides a fanciful escape for children.
  10. "Asterix le Gaulois" This is another animated film featuring the famous comic book French character Asterix and his friends who fight against the Romans with the help of a magic potion. This film will be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

                                                                                                                                                                       – Amber Grey