Around the World in 80 Days: from what age to see this animated film that revisits the work of Jules Verne?

The French animated film, Le Tour du Monde en 80 jours by Samuel Tourneux will be released this Wednesday, August 4 in our theaters. A small marmoset and a frog embark on a crazy adventure!


• Once upon a time : Passepartout, a naive but lively marmoset, has always dreamed of going on an adventure. The opportunity comes in the form of Phileas Frog, an explorer winnower and con artist, and a multi-million dollar bet: to set the new record around the world in 80 days. From burning deserts to mysterious jungles, from intrepid princesses to volcano-worshiping locusts, Passepartout will discover how vast, wonderful and crazy the world is.

• What they will love: This marmoset-level adventure takes young spectators around the world. A great journey that will allow them to discover that what we thought impossible is ultimately not.

With varied settings (the desert, the jungle, the sea, the city …) that make you travel, Around the World in 80 Days is an incredible adventure filled with jokes that will amuse children above all. The means of transport adapted to animals will delight the little ones, in particular the dragonfly plane.

Over 17,000 drawings were made for the development of the film’s storyboard and 9,300 were used for the final version. The feature film has an impressive animal cast since it consists of 97 characters all modeled in 3D.


The improbable duo formed by the frog Phileas and the marmoset Passepartout will amuse the youngest, as much as the little monkey’s relationship with his somewhat possessive and overprotective mother. A mother-son relationship that will appeal to spectators large and small.

Directed by Samuel Tourneux, whose short film Even the pigeons go to paradise was nominated for the Oscars in 2008, the film is ideal for introducing the youngest children to Jules Verne’s work.

The director chose to adapt the famous novel by updating it. He specifies : “When I arrived, there was already a first treatment in which Passepartout was Phileas’ valet, as in the novel by Jules Verne. But I didn’t want this submissive situation from another time: I wanted our heroes to be friends, with equal relationships.

• What may worry them: Passepartout lives on a sad and gray island with his mother who prevents him from going out and discovering the world for fear of the outside. The small marmoset is often the laughing stock of the ugly shrimp that live on this island.


When he arrives, Phileas makes fun of the young monkey. So many elements that can worry children, but the resolution and the links that are forged throughout the film between the two protagonists allow this worry to be delayed.

• What they will keep inside: The impression of having lived a great adventure and of having witnessed the coming of age of the hero. From a naïve little marmoset, Passepartout becomes a self-confident young monkey who has proven to everyone, and especially to himself, that he could make his dream come true.

Children will especially remember a good hour of laughter thanks to this adventure comedy carried by endearing characters.

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