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When it comes to finding French films or TV shows for kids to watch, the number of programs available on streaming platforms in the US can be overwhelming. That's why, each month, CinéSchool program manager and all-around film expert Nathalie Charles puts together a list of the top French content for kids and teens that is available online. While some films or series are pure entertainment, others are designed to share useful educational concepts, and more still are great for the whole family to enjoy! So, what's on this month?
 
Two persons in a store

© The Melies Mystery (HBO Max)

The Méliès Mystery (Le Mystère Méliès)
Directed by Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange
2021, 58 min., Rated TV-PG / Recommended for ages 11+

A documentary detailing the process of restoring 270 of the 520 lost films of pioneering director Georges Méliès. Hailed as the inventor of special effects, he shot more than 500 amazing films between 1896 and 1913. By 1923, he was bankrupt and burned his enrapturing works... Thanks to international archives and the negatives, discover his movies in their original beauty. 

Available on HBO Max.

Animated Dinosaurs

© Gigantosaurus (Cyber Group Studios)

Gigantosaurus
Animated TV series / Recommended for ages 5+

Four young dinosaurs explore a prehistoric world of adventure, where the most exciting mystery of all is Gigantosaurus, the biggest and fiercest dinosaur anyone has ever seen!

Available on Disney+ | Netflix (#tip: make sure to click on "Subtitles & Audio" and select audio in French!)

Singing bird

© Maestro (Collectif Illogic)

Maestro
By collectrif Illogic, 2019, 2min., France / Recommended for ages 3+

Maestro is a short film that features an animal orchestra interpreting a nocturnal opera.

Available on Vimeo
You can find a video of how they made the film here.

Two children on a horse in the mountains

© On the Way to School

On the Way to School (Sur le chemin de l’école)
Directed by Pascal Plisson, 2015, 1h17, PG / recommended for ages 8+

The story of four students from different parts of the world who travel long distances to attend school.

Available on Hoopla | Kanopy | SundanceNow | Amazon Video | YouTube | Google Play | Vudu | iTunes | Microsoft

 

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When it comes to finding or choosing French films or TV shows for kids to watch, the number of programs available on American streaming platforms can be overwhelming. That's why each month, we gather a list of great French content for kids and teens that are available to watch online. While some films or series are pure entertainment, others are designed to share useful educational concepts, and more still may be great for the whole family to enjoy! So, what's on this month?
 
 
People walking on a pathway

© Adopt a Daddy - Alain Guizard

To celebrate the Holidays, IFcinéma à la carte offers two French movies to watch with the whole family. They are available online and for free until December 31! 

Adopt a Daddy (Damien veut changer le monde) by Xavier De Choudens, 2018, 1h39
Damien and his sister Melanie lived a happy childhood, yet shaken by the constant battles led by their militant parents. After the sudden death of their mother, the rebellious spark of the family went off. 20 years later, Damien is an educator in primary school. When one paperless kid is about to be expelled out of the country with his mother, he decides to tell the authorities he is the father. Soon he convinces his sister, now a fierce delusioned lawyer, and his best friend Rudy to join the fight. Together, they will do anything to help kids from being sent back, even if it means adopting many more...

My Family and the Wolf (Ma famille et le loup) by Adria Garcia, 2018, 1h25
Everybody is gathered to celebrate Granny Sara’s 80th birthday at the seaside family house. It’s a beautiful summer for 9 years old Hugo. However this year, Granny Sara has fallen ill. One night, she brings together the family to tell the story of the Wolf. Someday the animal will come and take her away forever. Will Hugo manage to protect his grandma from the mysterious beast ?

 

Santa Claus is celebrating Nicholas' birthday

© Santa's Apprentice

Santa's Apprentice (L'apprenti Père Noël)
By Luc Vinciguerra, 2015, 1h11, Australia-France, PG / Recommended for ages 6+

Santa doesn't want to retire, but rules are rules and he must train someone to replace him. The lucky winner, to be chosen from among millions of children, must be named Nicholas, be an orphan and have a pure heart.

Available on Hoopla | Amazon Video | YouTube | GooglePlay | AppleTV | Vudu | Microsoft | Redbox

 

Bûche de noël - Minuscule

© Bûche de noël - Minuscule

Minuscule - The Yule Log (Bûche de noël)
Animated TV series (Season 2), 2012, 5 min., Recommended for ages 3+

It's Christmas time and the black ants are on the lookout for some festive cheer. When humans at a party are distracted, the ants use this opportunity to pinch a yummy yule log. Alas there is another obstacle they need to pass in order to fully succeed in this daring heist.

Available on Vimeo

 

Santa Claus between other Santas

© Santa & Cie

Christmas & Co (Santa & Cie)
By Alain Chabat, 2017, 1h39, France-Belgium, PG / Recommended for ages 10+

Santa's 92,000 elves all fall ill and collapse... Simultaneously on Christmas Eve! Who will make the toys for all the kids all around the world? He has no choice! Santa and his reindeer must go to Earth in search of a cure. But once he gets there, Mr. Claus will need some help to save the magic of Christmas...

Available on Hoopla | Vudu | Amazon Video | YouTube | GooglePlay | AppleTV

 

Chicken are outside decorating their Christmas tree.

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The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (Le grand méchant renard et autres contes...)
By Benjamin Renner & Patrick Imbert, 2017, 1h19, France-Belgium, PG / Recommended for ages 5+

The countryside isn't always as calm and peaceful as it's made out to be, and the animals on this farm are particularly agitated: a fox who mothers a family of chicks, a rabbit who plays the stork, and a duck who wants to be Santa Claus.

Available on DirecTV | AppleTV | Microsoft | Vudu | GooglePlay | YouTube | Amazon | Hoopla

 

Miraculous, Cat Noir and Santa in Paris

© Miraculous

A Christmas Special - Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (Pire Noël - Miraculous : Les aventures de Ladybug et de Chat Noir)
Animated TV Series, 2016, 21 min. / Recommended for ages 7+

Parisian teen Marinette transforms herself into superhero Ladybug to find her lonely secret crush Adrien when he runs away from home at Christmas.

Available on Netflix (#tip: make sure to click on "Audio & Subtitles" and select audio in French!)

 

A horse is cooking a Christmas cake

© A Town Called Panic © Autour de Minuit / Shout! Factory

A Town Called Panic: The Christmas Log (Panique au village : La bûche de Noël)
By Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar, 2013, 26 min., Belgium-France / Recommended for ages 10+

The year’s end celebrations are coming. Christmas : the tree, the dinner, the presents. Indian and Cowboy are expecting their presents eagerly. Overexcited by the organisation of the celebration, they fight and destroy the Yule log on which Horse was putting the last touch. Horse is livid and cancels the gifts from Santa Claus. How will they win back the favours of Horse and The Old Bearded Man? How will they retrieve their gifts ? For Indian and Cowboy begins a long, very long Christmas Eve.

Available on Amazon Video | Vudu | GooglePlay | YouTube
Education resources are available in French: download it here (French level: B2).

 

Young girl adding a christmas hat to a dog

© Noël Noël by Nicola Lemay

Noël Noël
By Nicola Lemay, 2003, 22 min., Canada / Recommended for ages 6+

Noel Noel, a misguided billionaire, is in love with Beatrice, a bespectacled fairy. But thanks to little Zoey, her dog Snooze and a blue-eyed reindeer, his eyes are finally opened. Enlivened by a humorous and rhymed narration spoken by Leslie Nielsen, Noel Noël is an animated fantasy about Christmas reminding us that happiness comes when the heart is allowed to speak.

Available on ONF website (French version) | Amazon Video (English version)

 

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For the second year in a row, IFcinéma à la carte is partnering with AFCA for the "Fête du cinéma d’animation."

Throughout the month of October, discover a selection of four French short films (no dialogue):

- La Grande Migration
- In a Cage
- The Tiny Fox
- The Tiger Without Stripes

LINK: https://ifcinema.institutfrancais.com/en/alacarte

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Films on the Green Festival has rescheduled their free online screening of Vengo for tomorrow, Tuesday August 3 at 8:30PM.

Vengo, directed by Tony Gatlif, 2000, 1h30
Film in Spanish and French with English subtitles

After his brother murders a member of a rival gypsy clan and goes into hiding, Caco becomes the de facto figurehead of his “family” and protector of his handicapped nephew. As tensions mount between the two clans, threats of revenge against Caco’s nephew for the crimes of his father are played out against a backdrop of rapturous flamenco music and dance performances. A majestic ode to the artistry of flamenco featuring famous flamenco dancer Antonio Canales.

"A musical feast for the eyes and ears alike" —Film Threat

Reserve your free virtual ticket now!

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On Friday July 16, don't miss the free outdoor screening of French-Japanese animation movie INTERSTELLA 5555: THE 5TORY OF THE 5ECRET 5TAR 5YSTEM by Leiji Matsumoto starring Daft Punk's Discovery album, in Washington Square Park! 

If you can't attend the in-person screening, don't worry! The film will also be available to watch online for free at the same date and time! You can reserve your free ticket now: https://e-cinema.the25hour.us/cinema/1/10 

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INTERSTELLA 5555: THE 5TORY OF THE 5ECRET 5TAR 5YSTEM
Directed by Daisuke Nishio, Hirotoshi Rissen, Leiji Matsumoto, Kazuhisa Takenouchi, 2003, 1h08, France-Japan
Music by Daft Punk, Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo

An unscrupulous music executive and his lackey kidnap a blue-skinned alien techno band, rob them of their identities, pass them off as human, and foist them on an unsuspecting public on Earth. After their arrival and their impact on the human population, the members of the band try to piece back their identities, escape from the clutches of the evil music executive, and return to their own world. Daft Punk’s music meets Leiji Matsumoto’s designs for this animated musical.

Presented in partnership with the Washington Square Park Conservancy.

#FilmsOnTheGreen

WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK (FREE and open to the public, but seating will be limited - Reservations are not taken)
ONLINE:
https://e-cinema.the25hour.us/cinema/1/10

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Join us this Saturday, March 20 at 7pm EST, for a free virtual screening of On Va Continuer! A "rockumentary" following Grammy Award-winning band Lost Bayou Ramblers as they preserve Cajun culture and the French language in Louisiana through their music. Be ready to dance! 

The film will be preceded by short film 17 Year Locust by Logan LeBlanc and followed by a discussion with filmmakers.
 

This event is presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, #CreateLouisiana and TV5 Monde as part of the D.C. Francophonie Cultural Festival. Films will be available with English subtitles.

Please make sure to create an account on Maison Francaise virtual cinema here and claim your ticket before the screening begins this Saturday at 7pm EST. You'll find more information about the event here.
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World Environment Day is held each year on June 5. To celebrate our beautiful planet and excite children about the environment, we have curated a selection of 10 French movies, from documentaries discussing environmental issues to animated films that answer ecological questions. We hope the entire family will love these films!

Amazonia
Directed by Thierry Ragobert, 2013, 1h26, PG / recommended for ages 8+

When a capuchin monkey raised in captivity becomes stranded in the Amazon rainforest, he must learn to avoid predators and rediscover his natural instincts to survive.

Available on Vudu | The Roku Channel | YouTube | GooglePlay | iTunes | Amazon Video

Antarctica: Ice and Sky (La Glace et le ciel)
Directed by Luc Jacquet, 2015, 1h29 / recommended for ages 10+

From the Oscar-winning director of March of the Penguins, Antarctica: Ice and Sky is an epic tale of scientific adventure and a stirring personal memoir that recounts the remarkable life's journey of Claude Lorius, the first scientist to discover conclusive evidence of man-made climate change deep beneath the Earth's surface.

Available on Kanopy | Music Box Direct | Amazon Prime | YouTube | GooglePlay | Vudu | FandangoNOW | iTunes

April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué)
Directed by Franck Ekinci and Christian Desmares, 2015, 1h45, PG / recommended for ages 9+

Paris, 1941. A family of scientists is on the brink of discovering a powerful longevity serum when all of a sudden a mysterious force abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Ten years later, April lives alone with her dear cat, Darwin, and carries on her family’s research in secret. But she soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy and far-reaching conspiracy, and on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered dirigibles and cyborg rat spies. Undaunted, she continues her quest to find her parents and discover the truth behind their disappearance. 

Available on Vudu | Redbox | YouTube | GooglePlay | Microsoft | Amazon Video | iTunes | FandangoNOW

A Reindeer’s Journey (Aïlo : Une odyssée en Laponie)
Directed by Guillaume Maidatchevsky, 2018, 1h20, PG / recommended for ages 8+

Meet Ailo, a newborn reindeer who embarks on an incredible odyssey with the help of his mother. Narrated by Donald Southerland and set against the frozen majesty of northern Finland, their journey is an uplifting story for the whole family.

Available on Vudu | YouTube | GooglePlay | Amazon Video | FandangoNOW | Microsoft | DirecTV

Bonobos: Back to the Wild (Bonobos)
Directed by Alain Tixier, 2015, 1h24 / recommended for ages 6+

The plight of the endangered Bonobos of Africa – mankind’s closest genetic relative – are presented in this critically praised, epic nature documentary.

Available on Amazon Prime | Vudu | YouTube | GooglePlay

Mia and the Migoo (Mia et le Migou)
Directed by Jacques-Rémy Girerd, 2008, 1h31, PG / recommended for ages 6+

Mia sets out on a cross continent journey, though mountains and jungles in search of her father, who has been trapped in a landslide at a construction site on a remote tropical lake. In the middle of the lake stands the ancient Tree of Life, watched over by innocent, bumbling forest spirits called the Migoo. The Migoo have been disrupting the construction to protect this sacred site – and now together with Mia they join in a fight to find Mia’s father and save the Tree, with the future of life on Earth hanging in the balance.

Available on Amazon Video | Google Play | iTunes | YouTube | Vudu

Mia and the White Lion (Mia et le lion blanc)
Directed by Gilles De Maistre, 2018, 1h38, PG / recommended for ages 8+

A young girl and her beautiful white lion Charlie set off on an epic adventure across the wild African savanna in search for another land where Charlie can live out his life safe and free.

Available on Hoopla | Amazon Video | YouTube | Google Play | FandangoNow | iTunes | Vudu

Oceans (Océans)
Directed by Jacques Perrin & Jacques Cluzaud, 2010, 1h37, PG / recommended for ages 8+

Stunning images await as you journey into the depths of a wonderland filled with mystery, beauty and power. It is an unprecedented look at the lives of these illusive deepwater creatures through their own eyes. Incredible state-of-the-art underwater filmmaking will take your breath away as you migrate with whales, swim alongside a great white shark and race with dolphins at play. Filled with adventure, comedy and drama, Oceans is a fascinating and thought-provoking experience you'll never forget.

Available on Disney + | Vudu | Amazon Video | YouTube | GooglePlay | iTunes | FandangoNOW | DirecTV | Microsoft

Song of the Sea (Le Chant de la mer)
Directed by Tomm Moore, 2014, 1h33, PG / recommended for ages 8+

Based on the Irish legend of the Selkies, Song of the Sea tells the story of the last seal-child, Saoirse, and her brother Ben, who go on an epic journey to save the world of magic and discover secrets of their past. Pursued by the owl witch, Macha, and a host of ancient and mythical creatures, Saoirse and Ben race against time to awaken Saoirse’s powers and keep the spirit world from disappearing forever.

Available on Redbox | iTunes | YouTube | GooglePlay | Vudu | Amazon Video | AMC On Demand | DirecTV | Microsoft

The Red Turtle (La Tortue rouge)
Directed by 
Michael Dudok de Wit, 2016, 1h20, PG / recommended for ages 9+

This masterfully animated fantasy film tells the story of a man shipwrecked at sea who becomes stranded on a beautiful but desolate island. He learns to live in isolation, seemingly tormented in his efforts to escape the island by a giant red turtle. Miraculously, he soon comes upon a young woman also lost at sea and they create a family together.

Available on Vudu | GooglePlay | Amazon Video | YouTube | Microsoft

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During this stay-at-home period, it's impossible not to cave and let our kids watch TV sometimes! 

While some series are pure entertainment, others are designed to share useful educational concepts, and still others may be silly enough to make the whole family laugh (and let us be frank, we all need it)!

When it comes to choosing TV shows for kids to watch, the number of programs available can be overwhelming, so we've gathered a list of great French TV series for kids ages 6 and above that are available now on U.S. online streaming platforms.

For preschoolers, you can check out our list of French TV shows available here. And if you’re looking for French movies to watch at night all together as a family, here is a great list too!

Code Lyoko
Recommended for ages 7+

A group of teenagers who travel to the virtual world of Lyoko battles against a malignant artificial intelligence known as X.A.N.A. which threatens Earth with powers to access the real world and cause trouble.

Available on Amazon Prime

Grizzy & The Lemmings (Grizzy et les Lemmings)
Recommended for ages 6+

Strong, whip-smart Grizzy rules a Canadian forest, where he has his paws full with a family of frolicsome lemmings.

Available on Netflix

Heidi
Recommended for ages 6+

Heidi is a happy, talkative 8-year-old orphan who lives with her grandfather in the idyllic scenery of the Swiss Alps. Heidi makes friends quickly, and everyone knows they can always rely on her for help.

Available on YouTube | iTunes | Google Play

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (Miraculous, les aventures de Ladybug & Chat Noir)
Recommended for all ages 7+

When evil arises, Marinette transforms into her secret superhero persona Ladybug, while Adrien transforms into his superhero persona Cat Noir, using powerful objects known as the Miraculous. Oblivious to each other's true identities, the two work together to protect Paris from the mysterious villain Hawk Moth.

Available on Netflix

Oggy and the Cockroaches (Oggy et les Cafards)
Recommended for ages 7+

Wimpy blue cat Oggy would like nothing more than to snooze, but he’s constantly bothered by the three ugly cockroaches who have invaded his home.

Available on Netflix

Pirata & Capitano
Recommended for ages 6+

Pirata & Capitano is all about never-ending quest for treasures, with great adventures, fun and team spirit.

Available on YouTube

Rabbids Invasion (Les Lapins Crétins : Invasion)
Recommended for ages 7+

When rambunctious Rabbids invade Earth, all havoc breaks loose as they fight an evil foe and embark on adventures in their yellow submarine.

Available on Netflix | Hulu | Amazon Video | Google Play | Vudu | YouTube

Seven & Me (Sept nains et moi)
Recommended for ages 9+

Snow and Camilla are excited to meet a new student whose family lives in a castle. But the dwarfs see this “Prince Charming” as a threat.

Available on Netflix

Shuriken School
Recommended for ages 6+

Shuriken School follows the extraordinary adventures of a 10-year-old hero Eizan Kaburagi and his friends during their first year at an under-funded ninja school.

Available on Amazon Video | Google Play | iTunes | YouTube

The Jungle Bunch (Les As de la jungle)
Recommended for ages 6+

Inside of the jungle, if there's a problem or an injustice to fix, no worry: just pull the signal of the Jungle Bunch and they will rush to the rescue! Maurice, the penguin-tiger, best known as "the big warrior tiger" is always ready to lead the rest of the bunch in a new adventure.

Available on Hulu | YouTube TV | Fubo

The Long Long Holiday (Les grandes grandes vacances)
Recommended for ages 7+

Young siblings learn about country life and surviving Nazi occupation when World War II breaks out while they're visiting grandparents in Normandy.

Available on Amazon Prime

Wakfu
Recommended for ages 11+

In a fantasy world, a mysterious figure leaves a baby boy with a retired bounty hunter in a small village with instructions to raise him until the time is right for him to find his biological family. Years later, that boy named Yugo discovers he has powerful magic abilities using the power of Wakfu even as his village is threatened.

Available on Netflix

If you like it, you can watch also:
Wakfu: The Quest for the Six Eliatrope Dofus - available on Netflix

Zak Jinks
Recommended for ages 6+

The hilarious day-in-the-life of a mischievous and loveable 8-year-old boy! Zak is an ordinary, joyful and very optimistic boy who happens to be eminently likeable!

Available on Amazon Prime | The Roku Channel | Apple TV

Zak Storm (Zak Storm, super pirate)
Recommended for ages 7+

Teen surfer Zak Storm is mysteriously transported to the Bermuda Triangle, where he becomes the captain of a magical ship full of misfits.

Available on Netflix

Zig & Sharko
Recommended for ages 7+

Zig, an island-bound hyena, will do anything to get his paws on Marina the mermaid, but her devoted pal Sharko always comes to her rescue in time.

Available on Netflix

Zorro – The Chronicles (Les Chroniques de Zorro)
Recommended for ages 6+

Young Don Diego faces the greatest challenge of his life as he fights for justice against numerous unscrupulous tyrants! But Zorro never kills: he simply ridicules his opponents to teach them a lesson, and signs his deeds with his trademark Z!

Available on Hulu

And don't forget Tivi5MONDE!

TiVi5MONDE is America's first and only 24/7 French language children's network delivering cartoons, educational shows, animations and teen series - the ideal destination for the kids ages 4- 12! Kids' favorites include CalimeroOui Oui, Il était une fois...L'HommeBelle et SébastienChasseurs de dragons... Visit www.tivi5mondeusa.com to learn more.

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In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, many of us are home-bound with our kids. While we all try to find activities and great content to keep them busy, we thought you might enjoy a few recommendations of movies to watch together.

Below, we've rounded up a list of French family-friendly flicks available on U.S. streaming platforms that both kids and parents would like!

A Bag of Marble (Un Sac de billes)
Directed by Christian Duguay, 2017, 1h52, recommended for ages 10+

Joseph and Maurice are the sons of Roman, the local barber. At ages 10 and 12, the boys have so little understanding of the persecution of Jews that Joseph thinks nothing of swapping his yellow star for a bag of marbles....

Available on Kanopy | Showtime | DirecTV | Fubo | Vudu | YouTube | Google Play

Asterix at the Olympic Games (Astérix aux Jeux Olympiques)
Directed by Frederic Forestier, 2008, 1h57, recommended for ages 9+

In their new adventures, Asterix and Obelix come to the aid of their friend Alafolix, who must fight Brutus, Cesar’s son, to win both the Olympic Games and the hand of beautiful Irina. But heinous Brutus is determined to beat the Gaul and take his father’s place.

Available on Amazon Video | Vudu | Google Play | YouTube | Hoopla | iTunes

Belle and Sebastian (Belle et Sébastien)
Directed by Nicolas Vanier, 2013, 1h44, recommended for ages 10+

Based on the beloved children's book, this exciting tale set in the picturesque French Alps follows the friendship of a 6-year-old boy and a stray dog who prove to be heroes when they help defend their occupied village from the Nazis.

Available on Amazon Prime | Hoopla | tubi | iTunes | FandangoNow | YouTube | Google Play

If you like it, you can watch the entire series:

Belle and Sebastian: The Adventure Continues (Belle et Sébastien, l’aventure continue) by Christian Duguay, 2015, 1h37, PG / recommended for ages 8+
Available on FandangoNow | YouTube | Google Play | iTunes

Belle and Sebastian 3: The Last Chapter (Belle et Sébastien 3 : Le dernier chapitre) by Clovis Cornillac, 2017, 1h37, recommended for ages 9+
Available on FandangoNow | Google Play | YouTube

Boule & Bill
Directed by Franck Magnier & Alexandre Charlot, 2013, 1h22, PG / recommended for ages 8+

Buddy is an abandoned young cocker spaniel waiting dejectedly in his cage for a kind, new owner to adopt him. Suddenly, Billy, a little boy whose hair is as red as Buddy's, appears. It's love at first sight and the beginning of a great friendship. But for Billy's parents, this is where the trouble begins.

Available on iTunes | Google Play | Vudu | YouTube

Christmas & Co (Santa & Cie)
Directed by Alain Chabat, 2017, 1h39, recommended for ages 7+

Christmas Eve is right around the corner, when everything goes haywire. Santa's 92,000 elves all fall ill and collapse... Simultaneously! Santa panics and worries about who will make the toys for all the kids all around the world? He has no choice! Santa and his reindeer must go to Earth in search of a cure. But once he gets there, Mr. Claus will need some help to save the magic of Christmas...

Available on YouTube | Google Play | iTunes

Donkey Skin (Peau d'âne)
Directed by Jacques Demy, 1970, 1h30, PG / recommended for ages 6+

The King seeks the hand of his own daughter in marriage after promising his dying wife to only wed a woman more beautiful than herself. Listening to her fairy godmother, the frightened Princess flees and hides, disguised as a scullery maid, while wearing the skin of a donkey. As a visiting prince passes by, he asks Donkey Skin to bake him a cake. She decides to bake him a Love Cake, in which she hides a ring…

Available on The Criterion Channel

Houba! On the Trail of the Marsupilami (Sur la piste du Marsupilami)
Directed by Alain Chabat, 2012, 1h40, PG-13 / recommended for ages 10+

When reporter Dan Geraldo arrives in Palombia to hunt for a scoop, he never suspects that he is about to make an incredible discovery... With his resourceful local guide Pablito, Dan has one surprise after another during a thrilling adventure that allows him to bring the world some spectacular news: the Marsupilami, a mythical and mischievous animal, really does exist! You too will believe in furry tails!

Available on iTunes | Google Play | YouTube

Lucky Luke
Directed by James Huth, 2009, 1h43, PG-13 / recommended for ages 12+

During his mission in Daisy Town, the city where he grew up, Lucky Luke is going to come across Billy the Kid, Calamity Jane, Pat Poker, Jesse James and sexy Belle.

Available on YouTube | iTunes | Google Play

Mia and the White Lion (Mia et le lion blanc)
Directed by Gilles De Maistre, 2018, 1h38, PG / recommended for ages 8+

A young girl and her beautiful white lion Charlie set off on an epic adventure across the wild African savanna in search for another land where Charlie can live out his life safe and free.

Available on Hoopla | Amazon Video | YouTube | Google Play | FandangoNow | iTunes | Vudu

Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot)
Directed by Jacques Tati, 1953, 1h27, recommended for ages 7+

Monsieur Hulot, Jacques Tati’s endearing clown, takes a holiday at a seaside resort, where his presence provokes one catastrophe after another. Tati’s masterpiece of gentle slapstick is a series of effortlessly well-choreographed sight gags involving dogs, boats, and firecrackers; it was the first entry in the Hulot series and the film that launched its maker to international stardom.

Available on The Criterion Channel | Kanopy | Amazon Video | iTunes

Nicholas on Holiday (Les Vacances du Petit Nicolas)
Directed by Laurent Tirard, 2014, 1h37, recommended for ages 7+

Nicholas, his parents and Granny hit the road, heading for the sea, and a stay in the Beau-Rivage Hotel. At the beach, Nicholas wastes little time making new friends, and the group has many adventures in this family…

Available on Kanopy | Amazon Prime | iTunes | YouTube | Google Play | Vudu

On the Way to School (Sur le chemin de l’école)
Directed by Pascal Plisson, 2015, 1h17, PG / recommended for ages 6+

The story of four students from different parts of the world that travel long distances to attend school.

Available on Hoopla | Kanopy | SundanceNow | Amazon Video | YouTube | Google Play | Vudu | iTunes

School of Life (L’école buissonnière)
Directed by Nicolas Vanier, 2017, 1h56, PG-13 / recommended for ages 8+

Paul has only ever had one and the same horizon: the high walls of an orphanage in the Parisian working class suburbs. Entrusted to Celestine and her husband, Borel, the city child, recalcitrant and stubborn, arrives in a mysterious and disturbing world, that of a soverign and wild region. In the heart of a fairytale Sologne, Paul will learn about life, and also about the forest and its secrets.

Available on Kanopy | Amazon Video | Vudu | Google Play | YouTube | iTunes

The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cent coups)
Directed by Francois Truffaut, 1959, 1h59, recommended for ages 8+

François Truffaut’s first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut’s cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), THE 400 BLOWS sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime.

Available on The Criterion Channel | Kanopy | Amazon Video | Vudu | YouTube | Google Play | iTunes

The Bear (L’Ours)
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, 1988, 1h40, PG / recommended for ages 11+

Acclaimed account of an orphaned grizzly cub and a wounded Kodiak bear that join forces in their struggle for survival in 1885 Canada.

Available on Amazon Prime | YouTube | Google Play

The Chorus (Les Choristes)
Directed by Christophe Barratier, 2014, 1h37, PG-13 / recommended for ages 12+

When he takes a job teaching music at a school for troubled boys, Clément Mathieu is unprepared for its harsh discipline and depressing atmosphere. But with passion and unconventional teaching methods, he's able to spark his students' interest in music and bring them a newfound joy! It also puts him at odds with the school's overbearing headmaster, however, locking Mathieu in a battle between politics and the determination to change his pupils' lives!

Available on Amazon Video | Google Play | YouTube | Vudu | FandangoNow

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (Les Aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec)
Directed by Luc Besson, 2010, 1h46, PG / recommended for ages 10+

The year is 1912. A 136 million-year old pterodactyl egg, housed on a shelf in the Natural History Museum, has mysteriously hatched, unleashing a prehistoric monster onto the Parisian streets. But nothing fazes Adèle, when she finds a connection with the ancient bird and reveals many more extraordinary surprises.

Available on tubi | Vudu | Amazon Video | YouTube | Google Play | iTunes

The Fox and the Child (Le Renard et l’enfant)
Directed by Luc Jacquet, 2007, 1h50, PG / recommended for ages 6+

What would it be like to have a fox for a friend? A 10-year-old girl who wants to know sets out to befriend a beautiful wild fox she names Lily. Bit by bit, in woods and fields blanketed by snow and carpeted by wildflowers, the girl and Lily build an extarordinary friendship as the fox leads her human companion on adventures bold, funny and even sometimes scary.

Available on Vudu | Amazon Video | YouTube | Google Play

To Be and To Have (Être et avoir)
Directed by Nicolas Philibert, 2002, 1h44, recommended for ages 7+

Georges Lopez is an educator at a small school in France's Auvergne region, where between December 2000 and June 2001 he taught 12 students between the ages of four and ten. Employing a curriculum that embraces both academics and practical skills, Lopez and his school represent a surprising mix of the old and the new, where computer technology and old-fashioned memorization of the multiplication tables sit side by side.

Available on Kanopy | Hoopla

Trouble at Timpetill (Les Enfants de Timpelbach)
Directed by Nicolas Bary, 2008, 2h13, recommended for ages 9+

Welcome to Timpetill, a small, serene village. Well, not really that serene… Indeed, for several weeks, the children have been playing multiple practical jokes and nasty tricks. The victims are, of course, other children… but also, and most of all, the parents. Overwrought, they decide to leave the village for what they think will only be one day. But nothing happens as planned: on the way back, they are taken prisoner by a group of soldiers. In Timpetill, the news of a village without parents makes Oscar and his gang of thugs happy! But that isn’t the case of a few daredevils who decide to side with Manfred and Marianne to regain control of the village.

Available on Vudu | YouTube | Google Play | Amazon Video | Hoopla

War of the Buttons (La Nouvelle guerre des boutons)
Directed by Christophe Barratier, 2011, 1h40, PG-13 / recommended for ages 10+

War of the Buttons follows Lebrac, a pre-teen rebel in WWII-occupied France. Lebrac enjoys leading "wars" between rival gangs of kids, but once he falls for a young Jewish girl in danger of being exposed by the Nazis, he must put aside the petty conflicts to unite the gangs and protect his love. In doing so, Lebrac and the other children confront the very real war happening around them.

Available on Redbox | FandangoNow | Amazon Video | iTunes | Vudu

You can also watch this other remake:

War of the Buttons (La Guerre des boutons) by Yann Samuell, 2011, 1h49, PG-13 / recommended for ages 8+
Available on YouTube | Google Play | Vudu

And if you're looking for short films:

A Trip To The Moon (Le Voyage dans la lune)
Directed by Georges Melies, 1902, 14 minutes, recommended for ages 7+
Available on Amazon Prime

The Red Ballon (Le Ballon Rouge)
Directed by Albert Lamorisse, 1956, 34 minutes, recommended for ages 4+
Available on FlixFling | Hoopla | The Criterion Channel | Kanopy | Vudu

White Mane (Crin Blanc, le Cheval Sauvage)
Directed by Albert Lamorisse, 1953, 47 minutes, recommended for ages 6+
Available on The Criterion Channel

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Having young kids at home during the coronavirus pandemic can be a challenge for any parent. With this in mind, we've rounded up a list of some of the best French TV series available for preschoolers on streaming platforms in the US. 

From staples like BabarSimon and Trotro, to the educational show Guess What?, and Ozie Boo!, which teaches little ones about protecting the environment, you're bound to find something to suit your mini TV critics!

Babar
Recommended for ages 5+

See the adventures of Babar, King of the elephants, his family and friends in this beloved series full of life lessons based on Jean de Brunhoff's classic book series.

Available on Tubi | Amazon Video | Google Play | YouTube | iTunes | Vudu

Bali
Recommended for ages 3+

Bali, a resolutely modern preschooler, lives a resolutely modern life in the big city. With a most un-stereotypical family, Bali faces the world inquisitively, sometimes shyly, never recklessly and always enthusiastically. 

Available on Amazon Prime | Google Play | YouTube | iTunes

Gigantosaurus
Recommended for ages 4+

Rocky, Bill, Tiny and Mazu are four young dinosaurs growing up in the Cretaceous period. Life is always an adventure: new volcanoes are popping up all the time, enormous triceratopses roam free… and the big bad Gigantosaurus reigns over it all!

Available on Amazon Video

Guess What? (Devine Quoi ?)
Recommended for ages 2+

Timothy and Annabel are two playful rabbits who love having fun and sharing their adventures with children. Their favorite game is solving puzzles. But before they find the solution of each mysterious question, our heroes will meet lots of friends, collect clues and enter the Fantasy Land of Guesses as they leap into the kid computer.

Available on Apple TV | Amazon Prime

Manon
Recommended for ages 2+

Manon, the little queen of animals, lives on a farm and shares some funny and poetic adventures with all her friends: Bingo the dog, Melba the cat, Baz the Donkey and many others.

Available on Amazon Prime

Mia
Recommended for ages 2+

Mia is a six-year-old mouse who lives in the depths of a large house, with her Granny Mimi, her friends and neighbors. Inquisitive, daring and fearless, Mia gets excited by everything and anything: she wants to see, try and experience it all!

Available on Amazon Prime

Mini Wolf (Mini-Loup)
Recommended for ages 4+

Mini wolf and his fun-loving pals friends are always on the lookout for a new adventure even if it includes a little bit of mischief.

Available on Netflix

Molang
Recommended for ages 3+

Molang is an affectionate, humorous look at the relationship between an eccentric, joyful, and enthusiastic rabbit, and a shy, discreet, and emotional little chick. The series explores Molang and Piu Piu’s everyday life with warmth and humor.

Available on Netflix Hulu Amazon Prime | Disney Now | YouTube Google Play | Hopster KidStream 

Ozie Boo! Save The Planet (Ozie Boo ! Protège ta planète)
Recommended for ages 2+

The Ozie Boo Team goes to school like all children around of the world… but their school is the Nature School.

Available on Amazon Prime

If you like it, you can also watch:
Ozie Boo! – Learn To Live Together - Available on Amazon Prime

Paprika
Recommended for ages 3+

Stan and Olivia – the amazingly different Paprika twins – use their boundless enthusiasm to turn everyday life into an extraordinary adventure.

Available on Netflix

Simon
Recommended for ages 3+

With his vivid imagination, Simon the rabbit searches for fun while learning about the importance of responsibility and communication.

Available on Netflix

Tales of Tatonka (Les Légendes de Tatonka)
Recommended age 4+

Meet Wanji, Nunpa, Yamni and Topa, four wolf-cubs who live with their parents Winyan and Wicasa amidst a wolf pack in the plains and forests of North America. Their friend Tatonka, the lone bison, initiates them to a world unknown to wolves: they will have to learn to live outside the family, sometimes in a hostile and totally surprising environment.

Available on Amazon Prime

Trotro
Recommended for ages 3+

Trotro is a little donkey with a head full of ideas. He knows exactly what he likes and doesn't like. He's a positive and engaging hero, with whom young children will easily identify.

Available on Amazon Prime

Zou
Recommended for ages 3+

Zou, a little five-year-old zebra, lives in a town inhabited only by zebras. He and his extended family live in a large house right next door to his best friend, Elzee. He is an imaginative and inquisitive foal, and he’s now old enough to start becoming his own person!

Available on Amazon Prime

And don't forget Tivi5MONDE!

TiVi5MONDE is America's first and only 24/7 French language children's network delivering cartoons, educational shows, animations and teen series - the ideal destination for the kids ages 4- 12! Kids' favorites include CalimeroOui Oui, Il était une fois...L'HommeBelle et SébastienChasseurs de dragons... Visit www.tivi5mondeusa.com to learn more.

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Music Box Films is proud to annouce the release of François Ozon’s BY THE GRACE OF GOD, based on the gripping true story of three adult men who band together to expose the code of silence in the Catholic Church that continued to empower a priest who abused them as boys. BY THE GRACE OF GOD is scheduled to open in New York on Friday, October 18 at Film Forum, and in Los Angeles on October 25 at the Nuart followed by a national roll out.

Alexandre (Melvil Poupaud, Laurence Anyways), lives in Lyon, a bastion of the French Catholic bourgeoisie, with his wife and five children. A fervent churchgoer, he learns that Father Preynat (Bernard Verley), the priest who abused him when he was a Boy Scout, is still working with children. He decides to take action, soon to be joined by two other victims of the priest, François (Denis Ménochet, Custody and Inglorious Basterds) and Emmanuel (Swann Arlaud, Bloody Milk). The three go to great lengths to denounce the perpetrator and the institution that has protected him, a risky endeavor that endangers relationships with their loved ones, and compromise their own fragile selves.

The film is based on Ozon’s extensive research and interviews with Father Preynat’s real life victims, who fully supported the director’s project. The explosive investigation and subsequent trial of Cardinal Barbarin became a French media sensation, covered widely around the world.

Father Preynat was indicted in January 2016 and placed under judicial supervision for sexual assault. On July 4, 2019 he was defrocked by a church tribunal, and faces trial in a French court next year. In March of 2019, Cardinal Barbarin was found guilty by a French court of covering up decades-old sexual abuse by Father Preynat and received a six-month suspended sentence which he is appealing.

The drama marks a departure for François Ozon, one of French cinema’s most prolific writer-directors whose career has spanned the last 20 years. His credits include See The Sea, Under the Sand, Hideaway, In The House, Swimming Pool, The New Girlfriend and Frantz. He recently finished filming his twentieth feature film, Summer ’84. BY THE GRACE OF GOD won the Silver Bear at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival.

"A thoughtful, fast-paced, and immaculately acted procedural that unfolds with the urgency of a newspaper deadline, “By the Grace of God” zips through the facts of this horrid case, while also shaping them into a lens through which to examine the uneasy relationships between mercy and justice — between faith and the flawed institution that exists to preserve it.” Indiewire, David Ehrlich

“There's of-the-moment cinema and then there's on-the-moment cinema, ripped so freshly from the headlines that the filmmaking still bears a few ink smudges.” Variety, Guy Lodge

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SYNONYMS Film Opening October 25

Kino Lorber is proud to announce the release of SYNONYMS, the striking new film by acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid whose Policeman and The Kindergarten Teacher quickly established him as one of the most original directors working today. Winner of the top prize at this year’s Berlin Film Festival along with the International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI), and a selection of the upcoming Toronto and New York Film Festivals, SYNONYMS is scheduled to open in New York on Friday, October 25 at Film at Lincoln Center and The Quad Cinema followed by a national roll out.

Entirely set in Paris, SYNONYMS focuses on Yoav (Tom Mercier), a young Israeli man who has moved there with great expectations that France will save him from what he sees as the madness of his country. Desperate to erase his origins, he refuses to speak Hebrew, relying on a French dictionary to communicate with the new people he encounters. Inspired by the real life experiences of writer-director Nadav Lapid, SYNONYMS features a hypnotic performance from newcomer Tom Mercier as the deeply alienated Yoav. In this tragicomic puzzle about cultural identities, Yoav's attempts to find himself awaken past demons while opening up an existential abyss.

After completing his military service, 44-year old Lapid studied philosophy at Tel Aviv University while writing sports columns and short stories. Much like his SYNONYMS protagonist, he soon felt he had to leave Israel determined never to come back. Uprooting himself, he moved to Paris because of his self-professed admiration for Napoleon, and a passion for soccer star Zidane and Godard movies. Lapid ended up returning to Israel to pursue a degree at the Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem. He made his much admired debut in 2011 with Policeman (winner of three prizes at the Jerusalem Film Festival, the Special Jury Prize in Locarno, and a New York Film Festival selection), followed by The Kindergarten Teacher (Cannes Film Festival’s Critics’ Week, New Directors/New Films), released by Kino Lorber in 2015.

SYNONYMS marks the screen debut of 25 year-old actor Tom Mercier who is currently shooting “We Are Who We Are,” the new HBO series directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) opposite Chloe Sevigny.

“Nadav Lapid’s astonishing, maddening, brilliant, hilarious, obstinate, and altogether unmissable new film” - David Ehrlich, Indiewire

"Nadav Lapid’s fiercely compelling SYNONYMS keep the pace with an Israeli in Paris caught somewhere between misfit struggle and revolutionary profundity.” Yonca Talu, Film Comment

 

 

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