Play Date: An Homage to the Red Balloon

A Classic Play! Short

by , posted on June 1st, 2011 in The Movie & Television Issue




Well my friends, here we are. Our story began with a 1960s French film about a boy and his balloon, and it ends with a modern day story about a girl and her balloon.

 

 

On a bright Saturday morning, the kids climbed into our bed and nestle between us. I grab the laptop, prop it up in a place everyone so can see and together we watch a movie that I watched long ago.

“There’s no talking?”
“No. This is a story without words.”
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“How does the balloon do that? It’s like it’s really magic.”
“It’s a sort of magic. It’s called movie magic.”
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“Why is the boy happy?”
“Because now he has a friend.”
….
“I like watching movies and cuddling.”
“Me too, kids. Me too.”

 

Short film shot and edited by Dave K Cooper.



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20 Responses to “Play Date: An Homage to the Red Balloon”

  1. Kirsten Says:

    June 1st, 2011 at 12:49 am

    love it. just…perfect.

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    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Thanks K!

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  2. Elisabeth Says:

    June 1st, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Fantastique! Really lovely.

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    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Ah, mais oui. Actually, I don’t know how to properly respond en francais. Je suis desole.

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  3. sally Says:

    June 1st, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Aw. I love the Red Balloon and I love your homage!

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    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Thanks Sally! From one Red Balloon lover to another, that means a lot.

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  4. Angie Says:

    June 1st, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Adorable! You’ve got a coupla stars on your hands!

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    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    They had fun with it. And I think they received an excellent education in: things don’t always appear as they seem in the movies.

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  5. Janelle Says:

    June 1st, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Wonderful from start to finish!!!

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    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Thanks Janelle!

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  6. Cheryl @ Mommypants Says:

    June 1st, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    How sweet!!

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    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Thanks Cheryl!

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  7. Erin Says:

    June 2nd, 2011 at 3:44 am

    I really loved this. Makes me hopeful that someday watching movies with my kids won’t involve whining and tantrums for more!

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  8. Lori-Anne Says:

    June 2nd, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Love this! I haven’t seen the original, but now I want to track it down. What an awesome family project!

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    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Thanks Lori-Anne. I saw a link to order it somewhere. I should dig that up.

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  9. sue {laundry for six} Says:

    June 17th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Absolutely lovely! I adore The Red Balloon. This modern tribute is fabulous!

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  10. Chantale Says:

    June 17th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Oh Jen, I loved it! Your kids are adorable!

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    July 26th, 2011 at 1:43 pm

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  12. Ms. Curtiss Says:

    August 1st, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    What talented actors and actresses! Jen please tell the kids I say hello. I love your website!!

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    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Thank you!!! The kids are so excited that I’m *talking* to you on the internet. They loved the seal post. Both of them giggled with delight and Jonah said, “I sure hope Ms. Curtiss is having fun there.”

    It was pretty awesome.

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