Ten-year-old Arthur, in a bid to save his grandfather's house from being demolished, goes looking for some much-fabled hidden treasure in the land of the Minimoys, a tiny people living in harmony with nature.
Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.
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. Written by
Director's Trademark: [the color Orange] Arthur's shirt (in minimoy form) is a dark shade of orange, while Selenia and Betameche have orange, almost red hair. Many of the minimoys and the Kingdom of the minimoys have a palette of different shades of orange. Also, the minimoys (save Beta, Max, Malthazar and the Saides) have orange eyes. See more »
(at around 1h 35 mins) In the end credits, humans in Minimoy form only have four fingers like real Minimoys, instead of five like Arthur and Archibald. See more »
[a photo album unlatches and opens to a picture of a bearded man]
This is Archibald Suchot, a treasure hunter, explorer, and engineer. He spent 10 years in Africa building every type of useful thing. Oh, by the way, it's in the heart of Africa that our story begins.
[cut to a country road]
Well, this really isn't Africa, it's Connecticut, and this is the house Archibald lived in before he mysteriously disappeared. But that's a story that Archibald's grandson would be more qualified ...
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At the beginning of the end credits, the main actors, actresses, and director come out on screen to take their final bows. If they did a voice in the film, they are presented as the character they voiced in the film. If their role was strictly live action, they are presented as a Minimoy version of their character. See more »
I went to see this movie because of my wife. She read the books some time ago and really wanted to see the movie. I am not too fond of animations.
I was pleasantly surprised. I liked the story a lot. It was really nice to see something new for a change. There are not too many clichés in it, and the little acting that is in the movie is quite good.
I was a bit disappointed by the animations. I think they could have been a bit better. But then again, as I said I am not the biggest animation fan.
Parting comments: It's a movie for the family. There should be something in it for every age.
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