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|Originaltitel:||Minuscule – La valée des fourmis perdues|
|Genre:||Animation, Adventure, Children's Movie|
|Regie:||Hélène Giraud, Thomas Szabo|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 88 min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
In a picturesque valley lives a small ladybird with his family. When he is to learn to fly, he is separated from his parents and siblings. On his own, the little ladybird hides in a sugar bowl left behind by people. Too stupid, though, that other little animals also want to discover this rare treasure and claim it for themselves. A group of black ants are trying to get the can to their den. But they are attacked by a troop of evil red ants who want the sweet gold for themselves. Now the little ladybird and the black ants join forces to bring the sugar bowl safely to the construction site. But the way there is more difficult and more dangerous than expected - and the red ants can't be taken down that easily…
Almost ten years ago Hélène Giraud and Thomas Szabo gave the viewers an original and endearing insight into the life of insects with the animation series "Minuscule". In 78 4 to 6 minute long clips, real landscape shots were mixed with animated insects. The series became a complete success not only in France, which is why the two filmmakers felt confirmed in their intention to produce a movie from the world of cute insects. While the style of the series was to be maintained, the narrative structure had to change completely. While the series consisted of a series of short, self-contained stories, the film was supposed to tell a great adventure.
The result is called "The Tiny ones - Operation Sugar Bowl" and after the great success in France with more than 1.5 million viewers is now finally coming to our cinemas. The impressive landscape shots were shot in the French national parks of Mercantour and Ecrins. There really breathtaking pictures were taken, into which the little heroes were animated. This alone sets this film apart from other animation adventures. What really makes the movie special, though, is that, as in the series, there is no language at all. It's fascinating how the makers managed to understand the actions and also the emotions of the little ladybird and his companions even without a spoken word.
Hélène Giraud and Thomas Szabo have created an incredibly magical film, which is sometimes extremely funny, sometimes just beautiful and then again very exciting. Although this is especially recommended for small children, adults also have a lot of fun with the capers of the small insects. Whether it's the prolific fly gang that makes life difficult for the ladybird, the lovable ant troop that tries with all its tricks to get the sugar bowl built, or a little hairy spider in whose house the ladybird suddenly finds himself, all of this is so lovingly and humorously realized that the almost 90 minutes of the film literally fly by. A great family movie and therefore also: Absolutely worth seeing!
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