I had feared that this film, based on the books by the prolific "scenariste" Goscinny (see Asterix, Lucky Luke, Iznogoud) would not be able to deliver the humour, warmth, and innocent worldview of its written progenitors. My fears were unfounded. The idiosyncrasies of the main characters from the books are faithfully reproduced for the silver screen. The film amalgamates several of the short stories and stays true to the gentle pace from the books. It's visually strong and also benefits from the commitment--sans being too hammed-up--of the actors to portraying the foibles, triumphs, and misadventures of a group of young boys and their well-meaning parents. A delight in its own right, but also an homage worthy of the original author.