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The Red Balloon (1956)

Le ballon rouge (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Drama | 11 March 1957 (USA)
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A red balloon with a life of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.

Director:

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

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Cast

Credited cast:
Pascal Lamorisse ... Pascal - le petit garçon
Georges Sellier Georges Sellier ... Le marchand
Vladimir Popov Vladimir Popov ... Un locataire
Paul Perey Paul Perey
Sabine Lamorisse Sabine Lamorisse ... La petite fille au ballon bleu
Michel Pezin Michel Pezin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Renée Marion Renée Marion ... La mère de Pascal
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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

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The Academy Award Winning Sensation!


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 March 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Red Balloon See more »

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Production Co:

Films Montsouris See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First film of singer Renaud, aged three. 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?
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Crazy Credits

With the cooperation of the balloons of the Paris area. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Malcolm in the Middle: Water Park (2000) See more »

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The First Film I Saw...
4 September 2000 | by Matt BarrySee 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.


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