Animation, like childhood, can be full of wonder with the biggest pleasures being the simplest ones. This programme carefully chosen for children of 8 and above strips away all the soft-sell toy ads and the over-the-top blockbuster-style special effects and delivers up a selection of wonderful films full of joy. Suitable for 8-15 year-olds.
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A Single Life (Job, Joris & Marieke, Netherlands)
A life can be lived, measured and even manipulated in so many different ways but beware the cracks and the sudden endings.
Tsunami (Sofie Nørgaard Kampmark, Denmark)
Haru returns home in denial after a tsunami, where he must learn to deal with his loss through an encounter with a magical Sea Spirit.
Tik-Tak (Ulo Pikkov, Estonia)
A truly astounding piece of stop-motion animation tracing the clockwork reincarnations of a watchmaker and the mouse that called his home-of-a-thousand-clocks home.
What is Music? (Christian Robinson, USA)
Great fun! A document illustrating children’s understanding of music.
Airmail (Isabelle Favez, Switzerland)
A fish, a cat, a wrestler and the woman who would save them all. Unusual ingredients for an unlikely long distance love affair.
Boing Doing Squeak Ping (Lisan Peters, Holland)
A lovely short abstract work – tension builds as blobby critters chatter with one another.
Taipei Recyclers (Nikki Schuster, Austria/Germany/Taiwan)
A clatter of ghosts and gods, a riot of sound and colour using trash collected from the streets of Taipei.
Boom Boom the Fishermans Daughter (Ivan Maximov, Russia)
A lonely fisherman with a long nose befriends an orphaned baby elephant who believes that the man is its mother.
The Story of Percival Pilts (John Lewis & Janette Goodey, Australia)
One day, on top of two cans, Percival Pilts declares he will never again let his feet touch the ground. A whimsical story about living an impractical life based on a childhood promise.
Giant Dwarf (Fabienne Giezendanner, France/Switzerland)
According to tradition, Petite Neige, a young Inuit, needs to capture a low flying bird in order to pass into the world of grown-ups.
1234 (Shiro Ichige, Japan)
In dreams anything can happen. In this dream anything and everything does. A blast of fun and colour.