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Created Jun 04, 2013 08:46PM PST • Updated Jun 04, 2013 11:36PM PST

Again Mommy! Again Daddy!

These two shorts are as vital today as when Albert Lamorisse made them in 1950s France. Now that Netflix has them on Instant View, they’re perfect for insatiable tot viewing. Again!

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  • 66 Points
Title Released Trust Weighted Summary Viewable
1st The Red Balloon
1956 Really Great 66 Points
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A boy and his pet balloon amble through vivacious Parisian streets in this perfect childhood confection. Just over half-an-hour long, Le Ballon Rouge won more awards than you can hold in two hands and deserves to be a preschool favorite for every girl and boy to this day.

Just when you think it can’t get any better, the boy and his red balloon pass a pretty blonde girl with a blue balloon. Of course the red balloon doubles back, attracted to the blue balloon. The balloons have minds of their own, even as they are filmic proxies for the boy’s mind … and the girl’s. Filmmaking gets…

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Added Jun 04, 2013 08:46PM PST • Updated Jun 04, 2013 08:46PM PST
2nd White Mane
1953 Great 66 Points
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Elemental kid’s movie, just 40 minutes long, thy name is White Mane. It’s from France of all places, with French cowboys. Really. And wild French horses – white horses and white stallions.

White Mane, the leader of a herd of wild Camargues, “was a proud and fearsome horse. All the other horses obeyed him. He didn’t like men, but when he had to he could stand up to them,” the Narrator informs us.

Thus White Mane is a French horse opera extraordinaire, albeit a child’s fable of improvident intentions and extreme manipulation. It’s so manipulative, so super-sweet, so French, no w…

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Added Jun 04, 2013 08:46PM PST • Updated Jun 04, 2013 08:46PM PST

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