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Suggested Viewing: Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants

By Emily Ohara, Education Program Manager & JBFC Kids Curator 03.26.20

Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants

2013. 89 m. France. No Dialogue. Rated NR.

Recommended for all ages.

Streaming on Kanopy (Free) & Amazon Prime [Free]

A lost ladybug finds themselves in the middle of two opposing ant colonies trying to capture sugar scavenged from leftover picnic lunch.

Why JBFC Kids Curator, Emily Ohara [@TeachEmFilm] recommends it: Not only is the story delightful, but the animation’s unique style of combining real-life backgrounds with digital animation is something to behold. With no dialogue, thrilling chase scenes, and comedic moments to boot, this French animation does something different compared to the typical Disney film. A refreshing adventure that is good for any age!

Fun Movie Fact: The filmmakers were inspired by Star Wars characters when they were trying to find a way for their bugs to communicate without recognizable words. They had a lot of fun creating these sounds!

Behind the Scenes Look: A look behind the scenes on how the filmmakers filmed the sugar and yellow car scene!

We want to know your thoughts! Talk to your kids after the film and ask these simple three questions to get the conversation going.

  1. What moment stands out to you?
  2. What’s something you learned that you didn’t know before?
  3. How would you rate it? Five Stars [include the star emoji] out of five? Three popcorns [insert popcorn bucket emoji here] out of five?

You can go to our twitter and respond in the comments section of the JBFC Education Viewing posts.

Brainstorm Activity:

Imagine you were a bug looking for some food and you came across a picnic. What foods would you take? How big do you think they would look to you? List three or more foods!

Share your list in the comment section of the Twitter post here or blog post here! 

Take it further:

See if you can identify different film techniques in the movie by first visiting the JBFC’s Visual Glossary.