I can’t remember the last time I actually sat down to watch a partially sound film with a synchronized soundtrack featuring music and sound effects and with no spoken dialogues.
I thought to myself this better be not boring, but the cinema was filled with all these kids of different nationality… all were eager to have the film started!
After all, who wouldn’t be intrigued with how the French does their animation that made it won the 2014 Mill Valley Film Festival Audience Award for Best Children’s Feature Film and nominated for Best Animated Film at the 87th Oscar awards this year. There has got to be something in this animation movie that made it that far.
The movie started in the countryside with a couple having a fine picnic… but the movie is not about them. Zoom in and you see the scavengers that clean up the couple’s leftover. And thus the minuscule adventure begins.
A newly born lady bug finds itself inside the picnic basket full of sugar cubes after being chased and bullied by flies.
Unknowingly a group of black ants have already taken ownership of the basket determined to have it delivered to their ant hill up in a valley.
The ants traveled far and wide and even faced dangerous times, almost being eaten by a lizard! But with the courageous ladybug on their side, the ants were saved and started a friendship that was made to last until their lifetime.
Trials will further be encountered in their journey as their battle against the red ants begin!
It is literally a long and winding road for these critters as they try to save all the sugar cubes while being chased down by the enemies.
I must admit I had a good time watching the movie but most of all, I highly recommend this movie to be seen by children. Not only they were amused, but I saw and heard them giggle and be moved with the scenes despite the fact that the movie didn’t have any dialogues on it.
Imagination is the best key to enjoy this movie and the kids sure did have a lot of it while watching as the insects pursue their adventure. This critically acclaimed movie is a must see for the entire family. I assure you that you will be laughing and be tapping on that kid inside of yours by the end of this film.
I also liked the fact that it had lessons on it that kids would be able to pick up and apply in their own version as how they understood it. There were no dialogues, so it’s wasn’t the normal plot wherein the child is being taught what is wrong from not. They figure it out by themselves.
I loved the fact that they also tapped on the bullying aspect in the movie besides friendship and self confidence.
The kids were really happy, and I can really tell by how they are so engaged while the film was showing.
Watch it with your family and have a perfect bonding time and find out who wins the sugar cubes! 😀
The film already won the 2014 Mill Valley Film Festival Audience Award for Best Children’s Feature Film for Directors Thomas Szabo and Hélène Giraud and was nominated in three other film festival events. It was nominated for Cristal Best Feature Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2014 , the 2014 European Film Award for Best Animated Feature Film, and the 2013 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Award for Best Children’s Film. Now it is vying for the Best Animated Film for the 87th Oscar Awards.
Directed by Thomas Szabo and Helene Giraud, MINUSCULE : Valley of the Lost Ants is distributed by Solar Pictures, Inc. A pre-Christmas treat for the entire family showing at your favorite theaters on December 3, 2014.