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The Red Balloon (1956)

Le ballon rouge (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Drama | 11 March 1957 (USA)
1:19 | Trailer
A red balloon with a mind of its own follows a little boy around the streets of Paris.


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





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


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

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Did You Know?


First film of singer Renaud, aged three. See more »


The bus Pascal gets on to that is followed by the balloon has red advertisements at the rear for Chantelle. The bus he gets off has yellow/green advertisements for Excel. See more »


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 »


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Absolutely charming, a must for everyone!
19 December 2005 | by imbluzcloobySee all my reviews

I remember this short story when we watched it in the 2nd grade. I later happened to catch it on TV, while my parents were watching, a few years later. They thought it was great. How can I possibly remember this movie? Some movies touch you so well that they never leave you. It's the cutest story you'll ever see. There is no dialog in this charming little movie and all of the story is told through the visual very effectively. The red Balloon befriends this little boy. Where else can you have inanimate objects come to life and show personalities? Only cartoons and animations? The Red Balloon even shows interest in the opposite sex. One would only guess by the fact that it sees a girl with a pink balloon and thus follows. This movie should be seen for yourself in order to appreciate it. Everyone will love this movie. It's also a good date movie.

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Release Date:

11 March 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,004, 18 November 2007

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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