Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants

Director: Helene Giraud, Thomas Szabo (2016)

The hills are alive with the sound of ant music in this award winning animated adventure for the little ones.

On an Alpine meadow a lost young ladybird achieves heroic stature among a colony of black ants.

First she helps them transport a tin of sugar cubes to their nest and then comes up with a daring plan to defend it from an antagonistic army of red ants.

Cartoon battling bugs are combined with real outdoor locations in a sweet retro fashion.

The insects communicate with a series of appealing whistles and raspberries. With no dialogue it’s easy to follow the story.

This is a late release in the UK and timed to capitalise on the school half term holiday. In 2014 it was the winner of the Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 40th Cesar Awards, beating out the fabulous Irish folk tale Song Of The Sea (a 2015 UK release).

Charming, comic and with a gentle eco message, this is an anthem to the virtues of kindness, bravery and friendship.

@ChrisHunneysett

 

 

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