If you’re used to watching Disney/Pixar movies or Japanese anime, take a look at these unique animated French films. Their artistic styles are each quite different, which is part of what makes them so enjoyable to watch.
Eleanor’s Secret – In his beloved late aunt’s seaside villa, Nat discovers a secret library in the attic where famous characters from children’s literature come to life. Nat soon learns that his fairytale friends are in danger and the only way to save them is by learning to read an ancient spell. But now that he’s been shrunk by the Wicked Fairy to the size of his storybook heroes, he has to watch out for beach crabs that are a lot bigger than he is! Eleanor’s Secret is a magical adventure that brings out the beauty of dusty old books. It also has a good message of taking responsibility and persevering even if you find something difficult.
Ernest & Celestine – This is the story of an unlikely friendship between an orphaned mouse named Celestine and a down-on-his-luck bear named Ernest. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer, and has a hard time fitting in. Despite having been “brainwashed” by mouse society to fear bears, Celestine becomes fast friends with Ernest and they embark on an adventure together. The only problem is, both mouse and bear law enforcement are after them.
A Cat in Paris – Dino is a cat that leads a double life. By day he lives with Zoe, a girl whose mother is a detective in the Parisian police force. But at night he sneaks out the window to work with Nico, a cat burglar who swishes from rooftop to rooftop across the Paris skyline with fluid parkour movements. The small-time criminal comes to the rescue of Zoe after she falls into the clutches of a big-time gangster. Near the end there is a dramatic chase on top of Notre Dame Cathedral.
Watch these animated movies on Amazon Instant Video, all for free if you have Amazon Prime.