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Arthur and the Invisibles or Arthur and the Minimoys (French: Arthur et les Minimoys) is a 2006 English-language French fantasy adventure comedy animated/live-action film directed and co-written by French filmmaker Luc Besson. It is based on the first two books of the Arthur children's books series, Arthur and the Minimoys and Arthur and the Forbidden City, by Besson.

Arthur and the Invisibles was released theatrically in France on 29 November 2006 by EuropaCorp, followed by wide releases in a number of countries. It was re-released in France on 4 April 2007 with nineteen minutes of bonus footage. With a budget of €60 million, it was briefly the most expensive French film production, until it was surpassed by Astérix at the Olympic Games (2008).

It received positive reviews from critics in France but was received negatively in the United States, with criticism aimed at the animation and script, but praises for the voice performances and visual aspects. The film was also a box-office success in France but under-performed in the United States. The film's success in France spawned a media franchise with two sequels, Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard (2009) and Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds (2010), and a spin-off, Arthur, malédiction (2022). It also spawned multiples video games, an animated television series and theme park attractions at Futuroscope and Europa-Park.

It received the Imagina Award in the category Prix du Long-Métrage. Its soundtrack album was released on 9 January 2007.

Synopsis

Arthur is a spirited ten-year old whose parents are away looking for work, whose eccentric grandfather has been missing for several years, and who lives with his grandmother in a country house that, in two days, will be repossessed, torn down, and turned into a block of flats unless Arthur's grandfather returns to sign some papers and pay off the family debt. Arthur discovers that the key to success lies in his own descent into the land of the Minimoys, creatures no larger than a tooth, whom his grandfather helped relocate to their garden. Somewhere among them is hidden a pile of rubies, too. Can Arthur be of stout heart and save the day? Romance beckons as well, and a villain lurks.


Background[]

After a screening test in the United States, The Weinstein Company re-edited the film. Approximately nine minutes were cut. The original runtime was 103 minutes, the Weinstien Company version is 91 minutes. Most of the edits pertained to the love story between Arthur and Selenia (due to age differences). In addition, The Weinstein Company's version also adds in new narration by David Suchet replacing Ron Crawford's narration as Archibald, along with actors Jimmy Fallon, Emilio Estevez, Harvey Keitel, Rob Corddry, Nate Corddry, Erik Per Sullivan, Anthony Anderson and Jason Bateman replacing various actors from the original version.

Cast[]

Character Original Actor Redub Actor
Arthur Freddie Highmore
Princess Selenia Madonna
Archibald Suchot Ron Crawford
Daisy Suchot Mia Farrow
Betameche Doug Rand Jimmy Fallon
Emperor Sifrat XVI Robert De Niro
Max Snoop Dogg
DJ Easy Low Allen Hoist
Ernest Davido Adam LeFevre
Rose Montgomery Penny Balfour
Armand Montgomery Robert Dauney
Emperor Maltazard David Bowie
Prince Darkos Christian Erickson Jason Bateman
Miro Doug Rand Harvey Keitel
Mino Barbara Weber-Scaff Erik Per Sullivan
Koolamassai Allen Hoist Anthony Anderson
Ferryman Tonio Descanvelle Emilio Estevez
Travel Agent Chazz Palminteri
Seides ¿? Rob Corddry
Nate Corddry
Baby Bug ¿? Erik Per Sullivan
Chief of the Matassalai Jean Betote Njamba
Narrator Ron Crawford David Suchet

Notes[]

  • Director Luc Besson was unhappy with the edits and blamed The Weinstein Company's tampering for the film's failure in the United States.
  • After Lionsgate acquired a good portion of The Weinstein Company's film library in 2021, the original cut of the film was made available for streaming and on the television network Starz.
  • Doug Rand also portrays Arthur's father, however for unknown reasons his voice is dubbed over by Robert Dauney in both versions.

Video Releases[]

Distributor Year Format Region Country
The Weinstein Company 2007 DVD 1
NTSC
United States United States
Momentum Pictures 2
PAL
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Roadshow Entertainment 4
PAL
Australia Australia

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