Arthur et les Minimoys (Arthur And The Minimoys)

Year:
2006
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NARRATOR:
This is Archibald Suchot.

A treasure hurhter.

Explorer. Arhd erhgirheer.

He sperht terh years irh Africa

buildirhg every type of useful thirhg.

By the way. It's irh the heart of Africa

that our story begirhs.

Well. This really isrh't Africa. :

It's Corhrhecticut.

Arhd this is the house

that Archibald lived irh

before he mysteriously disappeared.

But that's a story

that Archibald's grarhdsorh

would be more qualified to tell you.

You'll see that he's quite a charmirhg kid

who arhswers to the rhame of...

- Arthur!

- ... Arthur.

Where's he gone to this time?

And the dog's disappeared too.

Alfred!

Oh, yes, you'll see.

He'll be a great guard dog.

Alfred!

I wonder what exactly it is

he'll be guarding.

If you could at least

answer when I call.

Arthur.

Arthur!

Attack! Men, come to my aid!

- Calm down. It's me, Granny.

- Oh, sorry.

I was in Africa.

I can tell. Did you have

a good trip?

Fantastic. I was in a tribe

with Grandpa. Look.

Grandpa painted a canvas

that he placed in a circle.

That way, the animals pace

round and round it, but can't find us.

It's incredible!

It's all the inventions Grandpa made

for the isolated tribe.

Yes, he was more interested in

African tribes than he was his own.

Look, he dug a super-deep well

and invented a whole irrigation system

out of bamboo pods.

You know, it wasn't Grandpa

who invented that.

It was the Romans.

They called them viaducts.

Romans. I never heard of that tribe.

It's a very old tribe.

The leader was called Caesar.

Like the salad?

( laughs )

Yes, like the salad.

Put that book

back where you got it.

We have to go shopping.

Granny, please,

could I drive on the way back?

I don't know, Arthur.

We'll see.

Oh, please.

Grandpa would always--

GRANNY:
Grandpa's not here,

and I'm in charge.

- Did he follow you?

- I don't think so.

Perfect!

Perfect.

There. It's all there.

Perfect. This is wonderful.

Thank you so much.

- What do I owe you?

- Are you crazy?

Nothing. Nothing at all.

Now get going before he catches you.

I'm speechless.

Thanks so much.

I'm counting on you

to let me know how it went.

I will.

I'll call you tomorrow.

Oh, Arthur.

Arthur, it's fine.

You go off and play.

Go off while it's still light.

Absolutely.

- Thanks, Granny.

- Sure.

Yes! Yes! World champion!

GRANNY:
Alfred!

Watch carefully, Alfred.

You are about to witness

the invention of the largest

irrigation system in the county,

bigger than Grandpa's,

better than Caesar's.

This is Arthur's...

invention.

Perfect.

By the grace of God...

Alfred!

Congratulations!

It's a remarkable invention.

It'll go down in history, believe me!

Arthur, telephone.

You'll have to excuse me.

Probably the President calling

to congratulate me.

NARRATOR:

T was rhot the Presiderht orh the lirhe.

But. Rather. Arthur's parerhts

callirhg from the city.

He was thrilled to hear their voices.

One of Grandpa's colleagues.

But I followed Grandpa's blueprints,

and it works really well.

I hope you can get here

before nighttime...

How tough times had gorhe

for his family.

- We're still in the city...

- Though he missed them terribly.

Arthur urhderstood that his parerhts

had gorhe to the city to firhd betterjobs.

No, not exactly, dear.

Jobs are really scarce these days...

Although a boy's terhth birthday

is supposed to be a happy time.

The phorhe call made him very sad.

FATHER:
You're a yourhg marh rhow.

Arhd we gotta all make sacrifices...

NARRATOR:
He listerhed

as they apologized over arhd over agairh

for rhot beirhg able to be with him.

...sweetie, I promise.

Just keep your chin up.

But we miss you terribly. Horhey...

NARRATOR:

Rhdeed. Times were tough.

Arhd his mother arhd father were

doirhg their best to take care of him.

( air kisses )

( dial tone )

It wasn't the President.

# Happy birthday to you #

# Happy birthday to you #

# Happy birthday, dear Arthur #

# Happy birthday to... #

# You #

You know what?

You're the best granny in the world.

And you're the best grandson.

Go on, blow them out.

Presents first.

Oh. All right.

This is from Alfred.

I never had a new one before.

Thank you, Alfred.

If you can wait till you're outside

to throw it, I'd consider that a favor.

Okay. You're right.

And this is from me.

This is beautiful.

But how did you manage

to bake a cake?

I thought the oven was broken.

Mrs. Kerman from the hardware store

actually made it.

Still like it?

It's fantastic.

Just too big for three.

Don't be too hard on them, Arthur.

They try their best.

I spend my whole year

in boarding school in England.

When I come back for vacation,

they're not even here.

Anyway, I'm used to it now.

They're never here for my birthday.

Wait. Make a wish.

I wish that, for my next birthday,

Grandpa would be here to share it.

GRANNY:
Every night,

this magnificent sunset was all ours.

It's precisely into this landscape

that your mother came into the world.

While I was having the baby,

your grandfather was painting this.

But what were you doing

in Africa?

Well, I was a nurse

and your grandfather

was already an engineer.

We met there,

and we had the same dream--

to help others and to meet

wonderful people.

- Who are they?

- The Bogo Matassalai.

Your grandfather helped build

an irrigation ditch for them,

and in return, they gave him

a big bag of rubies.

Really?

Really.

The Bogo Matassalai

were very, very tall.

They say that nature always

balances itself with its opposite.

The Chinese call it the yin and the yang,

and for centuries,

they searched for them

in order to find perfect harmony.

And did they find them?

Yes. There was another tribe

living right next to them,

and they had this particular trait--

they were small as a tooth.

And they called them

the Minimoys.

Wow. Did they get along?

Oh, wonderfully.

Soon they were inseparable,

the one side very incredibly tall,

the other incredibly small,

and only together could they

have a complete vision of the world.

Who's this?

This is the Princess Selenia,

daughter of the king of the Minimoys.

She's beautiful.

I mean, this is incredible.

Yes, and the king himself

gave your grandfather

the secret of how to find him

anytime he wanted.

That's what your grandfather said.

I'd like to meet the Minimoys too.

Now, to sleep.

Sweet dreams.

We miss you, Archibald.

We really do.

# t was a teerhage weddirhg

arhd the old folks wished them well #

# You could see that Pierre

did truly love the mademoiselle #

# Arhd rhow the yourhg morhsieur

arhd madame have rurhg the chapel bell #

# C'est la vie,

said the old folks #

# t goes to show

you rhever carh tell #

No!

How you doin', kid?

Whoa! Ow, ow!

Think that's funny, huh?

Go fetch, brat boy!

Nice shot.

Ah! Mr. Davido,

you startled me!

Oh, I'm so sorry.

I've just come to settle things

about the land.

No, thank you.

We're not interested.

Irrelevant. Done.

Signed, sealed, and delivered.

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