Monday, June 27, 2011

Le Ballon Rouge (The Red Balloon) (1956)

The Red Balloon
: Making us care about inanimate objects long before Pixar!
This short film is about a boy who finds a red balloon, and the two form a very special and unique bond, as the balloon seems to have a life and mind of its own. The film is simple, with very little dialogue, but it's beautifully shot and emotionally powerful. In such a short span of time we become so involved in this pair and learn about human nature and the beauty of a child's belief in the impossible. I don't want to ruin the ending, but it's amazing. And yes, I got teary eyed. I'm a sap!

It's currently streamable on Netflix, and only 34 minutes long. What are you waiting for?
Enjoy the magic.

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