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Eleanor’s Secret

(Dominique Monféry, 2009, France)
Ages 5 and up | FREE!

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An animated film still depicts two children and a bunny standing in a giant footprint.

From Academy Award–nominated director Dominique Monféry (Salvador Dali’s Destino) comes a sumptuously animated movie about a magic library where all the characters from classic children’s books come alive.

Nat has fond memories of his eccentric Aunt Eleanor reading to him from her enormous collection of storybooks but is frustrated by his inability to read the books himself. So he is less than thrilled when he learns that his aunt has left him the keys to her attic library as a gift.

However, just as Nat’s parents are selling the collection to a shady antiques dealer, Nat discovers that the library is magical—not only are the books all original first editions of history’s most popular fairy tales, their famous characters come to life! Now with the help of Alice in Wonderland, the Ogre, Peter Pan, and others, Nat must find a way to get back the books and learn to read an ancient spell to keep the characters alive for future generations of children.

Eleanor’s Secret is a beautifully designed, rollicking adventure in which a boy’s newfound ability to read not only sets his imagination free, but saves the day! (77 mins., digital video) Available in French with English subtitles or an English dubbed version. Closed captioning available for both versions.

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An animated film still depicts two characters and a bunny standing in a giant footprint.

Image courtesy of GKIDS

An animated film still depicts two characters and a bunny standing in a giant footprint.

Image courtesy of GKIDS

An animated film still depicts a young girl reading on the couch next to another child and their pet.

Image courtesy of GKIDS

An animated film still depicts many characters standing and conversing atop stacks of books.

Image courtesy of GKIDS

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