Stowaway in the Sky

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Stowaway in the Sky
U.K. Theatrical Poster
Directed by Albert Lamorisse
Produced by Albert Lamorisse
Written by Albert Lamorisse
Narrated by Jack Lemmon
Music by Jean Prodromidès
Cinematography Maurice Fellous
Guy Tabary
Edited by Pierre Gillette
Distributed by Films Montsouris
Lopert Pictures Corporation
Release date
September 14, 1960
June 18, 1962
(United States)
Running time
85 minutes
Country France
Language French

Stowaway in the Sky (French: Le Voyage en ballon) is a 1960 French family adventure film, directed by Albert Lamorisse.[1]

Albert Lamorisse used his ten-year-old son Pascal as the main character in the film.


The film tells the story of Pascal, a small child who's fascinated by his grandfather's lighter-than-air balloon. The older man claims he's invented the best mode of transportation: a balloon that can be controlled when in the sky. The altitude, direction, and speed of the balloon are all under the direction of the pilot.

As the grand-père takes the balloon on a demonstration, Pascal climbs on board and lifts them both upward to an adventure. The balloon travels all around France, Brittany, over the ocean, and over Mont Blanc in the Alps.

However, the balloon turns out to be not so controllable: church spires become objects of threat, factory smokestacks become volcano-like, a stag hunt is no longer about the thrill of the chase, and they inadvertently kidnap washing on a clothesline and a guest at a wedding party in Brittany.

The land-bound adults have conniptions as the balloon wafts by, yet, Pascal has a great time.


Jack Lemmon, the narrator of the film's English version, was so impressed with the film that he bought the American rights.


  • Pascal Lamorisse as Pascal
  • Maurice Baquet as Le mécanicien
  • André Gille as Le grand-père (grandfather)
  • Jack Lemmon as Narrator (English version narrator)

Critical reception[edit]

In a brief film review of the film the weekly news magazine Time wrote, "Stowaway in the Sky will enchant moppet, matron and greybeard with its breath-catching, balloonist's-eye view of the fair land of France."[2]




  • Venice Film Festival: Golden Lion; Le Voyage en ballon; 1960.


  1. ^ Stowaway in the Sky at the Internet Movie Database.
  2. ^ Time, film review, July 13, 1962.

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