Animation, like childhood, can be just full of wonder with the biggest pleasures being the simplest ones. This programme carefully chosen for our littlest and most special audience strips away all the soft-sell toy ads and the over-the-top blockbuster-style special effects and delivers up a programme of wonderful films full of simple joys. Suitable for 0-7 years.
At Barbican book tickets
10am – 11am: FREE Children’s drop-in animation workshop (films start at 11:00)
Join us in the cinema foyer for a special chance to try out your hand at making a short animated sequence with BAFTA-award winning animator Kevin Griffiths.
Special thanks to the Film & Video Workshop
Revolution (Jess Deacon, Helen Friel & Chris Turner, UK )
The coolest thing ever. A real life popup book that moves all by itself.
The Little Cuddle (Maggie Rogers, UK)
The Little Cuddle isn’t quite sure just exactly what he is, so he sets off to ask some friends if they know.
Hidden Talent (Mirian Miosic, Croatia)
Trampoline (Maarten Koopman & Floris Kaayk, Netherlands)
Some things were just never meant to jump up and down on a trampoline. Little things are OK but giant animals… hmmm, not such a great idea.
The Smortlybacks (Ted Sieger & Wouter Dierickx, China/Switzerland)
Dazzling. A hilarious herd of smortly little creatures that just love to work as a team, even if they can be a bit clumsy sometimes.
Mushroom Monster (Aleksander Leines Nordaas, Norway)
If you were a little, hairy Mushroom Monster, how far would you go to get your paws on the biggest mushroom ever?
Snowflake (Natalia Chernysheva, Russia)
The Gallant Captain (Katrina Mathers, Graeme Base & Patrick Sarell, Australia)
A gorgeously crafted film built around a Graeme Base book and featuring a fearless young boy who sets off for an adventure on the high seas with his faithful cat.
Just Like You (Isabel Garrett, UK)
The journey of a little shrew who lives in the woodland where everything and everyone is colourful.
Miriam’s Kite (Riho Unt, Estonia)
Miriam’s pet chicken takes to the skies when it catches a ride on top of her soaring kite. That gives her little brother an idea—but will it work out as well for him as it did for the hen?
The New Species (Kateřina Karhánková, Czech Republic)
Stumbling across a mysterious bone sparks the imaginations of three kids, who decide to seek scholarly wisdom from a paleontologist and see what clues they can dig up.
Emil (Martin Schmidt, Germany)
Hey kids – what’s inside the egg?
Rockin’ Rhino (Verena Fels, Germany)
Dancing is so much fun! But if you have to dance all by yourself it ́s only half the fun. So the little rhino needs to come up with an idea to make everyone dance with it.
My Mum is an Aeroplane (Yulia Aronova, Russia/US)
Different people have different mothers. Mother musicians, Mother animal doctors, even Mother construction workers. But my Mother is an Airplane
Serious and Bert (Ivo Christov & Manuela Seiler, Switzerland)
It must be nearly winter time. One squirrel wants to carefully store all his nuts but his friend has another plan.