children’s movies to watch (or not) in the cinema

Between blockbusters for young audiences (“Minions 2”) and family-auteur films, the coming weeks will be put under the sign of Japanese animation, with more grains of gold on the program.

Already in the cinemas

q The Bad Guys, by Pierre Perifel. The Bad Guys, a bunch of naughty thieves, have to get cute to make it good again. Fun and surprising, the design mixes cartoon, manga and 3D influences. A real action movie for children, as a tribute to Ocean’s Eleven and Kill Bill on your mind. From 8 years. Read our full ‘Bad Guys’ review.

“The Bad Guys”, by Pierre Perifel (USA).

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q The deer king, by Masashi Ando and Masayuki Miyaji. A former collaborator of Hayao Miyazaki immerses us in an epic and lively adventure reminiscent of the themes of Princess Mononoke, between ancestral magic and human violence. A breathtaking tale despite some lengths. From 10 years. Read our full ‘King Stag’ review.

“The Deer King”, by Masashi Ando and Masayuki Miyaji (Japan).

2021 Deer King Production Committee – Toho

q Detective Conan: Bride of Shibuya, by Susumu Mitsunaka. The highly animated return of a famous Japanese manga hero, a young man stuck in the body of a child after ingesting a youth pill. This time he is investigating a mysterious terrorist. Humor, action and a well-crafted plot. From 10 years. Read our full review of “Detective Conan: The Bride of Shibuya”.

“Detective Conan: The Bride of Shibuya”, by Susumu Mitsunaka (Japan).

2022 Gosho Aoyama / Detective Conan Committee

r Good luck smiling to Mrs. Nikuko, by Ayumu Watanabe. Out of love, Nikuko made all the wrong choices and was constantly moving. In his luggage, his daughter Kikuko, 14, is as reserved as her mother, thundering. The split between shame and tenderness that the latter inspires him swings the teenager … Impossible not to get attached to the characters in this animated film, all in charm. From 10 years. Read our full review of “Happiness smiles for Madame Nikuko.”

“Happiness smiles to Mrs. Nikuko”, by Ayumu Watanabe (Japan).

2021 MOVIZ / Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko Production Committee

q Tommy’s birthday, by Michael Ekbladh. Cohabitation with a younger child: this is the theme of this cartoon, in beautiful old-fashioned 2D, based on Rotraut Susanne Berner’s album. A young rabbit leaves the house to join his grandmother and passes through the woods. Great miniature epic. From 5 years. Read our full review of “Tommy’s Birthday”.

“Tommy’s Birthday”, by Michael Ekbladh, (Germany, Holland, Sweden).

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q Buzz Lyn, by Angus MacLane. The naive and intrepid toy of the saga Toy Story, or rather its life-size version, is entitled to its own animated film. ONE rumopera whimsical and tender like all Pixar, but a little less fun than usual. From 6 years. Read our full “Buzz Lightyear” review.

“Buzz Lightyear”, by Angus MacLane (USA).

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q Minions 2: Once Upon a Time Gru, by Kyle Balda, Brad Ableson and Jonathan Del Val. As early as the 1970s, the future head of the Minions was evil. An animated film boosted, but always charming. Thanks to a realization whose technique impresses, and beautiful and dynamic decorations in various districts of San Francisco, with its famous ultra rising and falling streets. From 6 years. Read our full review of “Minions 2: Once Upon a Time Gru”.

“Minions 2: Once Upon a Time Gru”, by Kyle Balda, Brad Ableson and Jonathan Del Val (USA).

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In July

Ducobu President!, by Elie Semoun. Fourth adaptation, already, of the cartoon by Zidrou and Godi, in which the inventive dunce is this time elected president of the students. Given the fall between 1 and 3, this episode should, logically, hit the bottom (of potachery). Or, you never know, raise the bar a little. Let’s wait to see the copy. In theaters July 13. From 8 years.

“Ducobu President!”, By Elie Semoun (France).

Photo: Marc Bossaerts

The Little Band, by Pierre Salvadori. four years later Free!, the director puts his sense of comic pace and chiseled dialogue at the service of a bunch of pre-teens who plan to set fire to the factory that pollutes their river. The emergence of a greener generation than the previous ones? In the cinema July 20. From 10 years.

“The Little Band”, by Pierre Salvadori.


Mia and me. Centopia’s heroine, by Adam Gunn and Matthias Temmermans. Here, for the first time on the big screen, the heroine of a fantasy series that turns into an elf in a universe of unicorns. The TV version mixed live action and 3D animation. The filmmaking promises to keep that candy-pink aesthetic a lot (too?) the girl. In the cinema July 20. From 6 years.

“Mia and Me. The Heroine of Centopia”, by Adam Gunn and Matthias Temmermans.

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Crypto and the super animals, by Jared Stern and Sam Levine. In this animal variation (in 3D animation) of superhero movies, from DC Comics obedience, Superman’s doggie faces Lex Luthor’s guinea pig, his master’s sworn enemy. The story must prove that the super dog is actually the superman’s best friend. In theaters July 27. From 6 years.

“Krypto and the Super-Animals”, by Jared Stern and Sam Levine (USA).

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In August

One Piece Movie – Red, by Goro Taniguchi. The fifteenth animated feature film from Eiichirō Oda’s cult manga, much awaited by fans, sees the cheerful bunch of pirates led by Luffy (the rubber man in the straw hat) participate in a music festival. Where a singer with an exceptional voice performs. The release, scheduled for August 6 in Japan, promises to be a hit, all in visual delirium. The French have to wait four more days. In the cinema on August 10. From 12 years.

“One Piece Film – Red”, by Goro Taniguchi (Japan).

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The very very high class, by Frederic Quiring. After Ducobu President !, here is the second avatar of Under-gifted this summer. Either the confrontation, a lot of jokes and catches, between a French teacher, her rival and the students, orchestrated by the director of the heartbreaking Dirty Kids (2017). A priori unfavorable, though a surprise is never ruled out. Let’s wait to see the copy. In the cinema on August 10. From 10 years.

“The Very Very High Class”, by Frédéric Quiring with Audrey Fleurot and Melha Bedia.

Photo: Marc Bossaerts

On the other side of the sky, by Yusuke Hirota. This first feature film by a Japanese animator specializing in visual effects takes place in a steampunk universe. A small chimney sweep and a mysterious creature seek to (re) discover the stars, hidden by the pollution from an industrial city. Dizziness can be expected. In the cinema on 17 August. From 6 years.

“The Other Side of Heaven”, by Yusuke Hirota (Japan).

Art house

Tad Explorer and Emerald Tablet, by Enrique Gato. In Spain, explorer Tad is the hero of a successful 3D saga that introduces the youngest to adventure movies – in a way Indiana Jones Where Tomb Raider. In this third feature film, still flanked by his dumb parrot and his greedy dog, the archaeologist triggers a curse by opening a sarcophagus … In the cinema on 24 August. From 6 years.

“Tad the Explorer and the Emerald Table”, by Enrique Gato (Spain).

Paramount Pictures France

Sing a little harmony, by Yasuhiro Yoshiura. The author of Patéma and the inverted world (2013), a Japanese animation curiosity, returns with a sci-fi musical! Consider the hardships of an android, a new high school student who has to hide his identity in order to sympathize with a human friend … In the cinema on 25 August. From 10 years.

“Sing a Bit of Harmony”, by Yasuhiro Yoshiura (Japan).

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