8.2/10
15,223
97 user 44 critic

The Red Balloon (1956)

Le ballon rouge (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Drama | 11 March 1957 (USA)
Trailer
1:19 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.

Director:

Albert Lamorisse
Reviews
Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

White Mane (1953)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In the Camargue, France, a young boy bonds with a white haired horse that escaped from ranchers.

Director: Albert Lamorisse
Stars: Alain Emery, Laurent Roche, Clan-Clan
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A little boy and his baby-sitter inhabit the same imaginary world: through their adventures they are followed by a strange red balloon.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Stars: Juliette Binoche, Hippolyte Girardot, Simon Iteanu
Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A young boy enlists the help of a balloon seller to send birthday wishes to his Mom, in the only way he knows how, in this simple story of loss and longing.

Director: Michael Olesen
Stars: Pedro Miguel Arce, Aidan Gould
Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young boy sneaks onto his grandfather's hot air balloon and together they travel over France.

Director: Albert Lamorisse
Stars: André Gille, Maurice Baquet, Pascal Lamorisse
Bim (1951)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An Arab boy, Abdullah, loves his donkey, Bim, but another boy, Massoud, who also happens to be a prince, is jealous of Abdullah and his relationship with Bim, so Massoud steals the donkey ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Lamorisse
Stars: Jacques Prévert, Udo Langhoff
Duck Amuck (1953)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

The short-tempered Daffy Duck must improvise madly as the backgrounds, his costumes, the soundtrack, even his physical form, shifts and changes at the whim of the animator.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc
Kes (1969)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A young, English working-class boy spends his free time caring for and training his pet falcon.

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: David Bradley, Brian Glover, Freddie Fletcher
Paperman (2012)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

An office worker meets the girl of his dreams and uses a fleet of paper airplanes to get her attention.

Director: John Kahrs
Stars: John Kahrs, Kari Wahlgren, Jack Goldenberg
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Elmer Fudd is again hunting rabbits - only this time it's an opera. Wagner's Siegfried with Elmer as the titular hero and Bugs as Brunnhilde. They sing, they dance, they eat the scenery.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A man futilely struggles to make his fortune with a frog that sings and dances, but only when it is alone with the owner.

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: William Roberts
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Wojciech Fiwek
Stars: Maciej Tomczak, Joanna Jedryka, Tadeusz Borowski
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Mickey Mouse, piloting a steamboat, delights his passenger, Minnie, by making musical instruments out of the menagerie on deck.

Directors: Ub Iwerks, Walt Disney
Stars: Walt Disney
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Pascal Lamorisse ... Pascal - le petit garçon
Georges Sellier Georges Sellier ... Le marchand
Vladimir Popov Vladimir Popov ... Un locataire
Paul Perey Paul Perey
Renée Marion Renée Marion ... La mère de Pascal
Sabine Lamorisse Sabine Lamorisse ... La petite fille au ballon bleu
Michel Pezin Michel Pezin
Edit

Storyline

A boy makes friends with a seemingly sentient balloon, and it begins to follow him. It follows the boy to school, to the bus, and to church. Boy and balloon play together in the streets of Paris and try to elude a gang of boys that wants to destroy the balloon. Written by alfiehitchie

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Academy Award Winning Sensation!


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 March 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Red Balloon See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,004, 18 November 2007

Gross USA:

$34,570

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,980
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Films Montsouris See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection. See more »

Goofs

Just after the scene where the boy is turned away from boarding the bus, you see him running off with the balloon in his left hand and the satchel in his right however in the next shot it is reversed. See more »

Quotes

Pascal - le petit garçon: Could you hold my balloon while I'm in school?
See more »

Crazy Credits

Avec le concours: Des Enfants De Ménilmontant et Des Ballons De La Région Parisiénne (Translation: With the assistance of: The Children of Ménilmontant and The Balloons of the Paris region.) See more »

Connections

References The Fugitives (1955) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The First Film I Saw...
4 September 2000 | by CHARLIE-89See all my reviews

This is one of the first films I remember seeing. My grandfather was kind enough to record it off of television for me when I was only one or two years old. I remember enjoying it alot as a very young child and I enjoy this film just as much, if not even more, today. I can appreciate the story more, now that I'm older. It is one of the truly best short films ever made, right up there with the best of Chaplin and other great short-film makers.


25 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 97 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed