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 and their parents/carers/friends.
These captivating films include a nutty trapeze act in an even nuttier circus, a superhero who’s superglasses give life to a terrifying monster and a scarecrow with a broken leg.
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Spring Jam (Ned Wenlock, New Zealand)
A young stag, lacking impressive antlers, knows he needs to improvise sweet music if he’s to have any chance during the mating season.
Trial and Error (Alexander Isert & Antje Heyn, Germany)
(Otto) (Job, Joris & Marieke, The Netherlands)
Unable to have children, a woman resorts to stealing the imaginary friend of a small girl – a plan that must surely unravel somehow.
In A Cage (Loic Bruyere, France)
A caged bear who can’t sing meets a little bird who can’t fly but who can sing beautifully.
Blue Honey (Constance Joliff, Daphne Durocher & Fanny Lhotellier, France)
A small bee allergic to pollen discovers an extraordinary product that dramatically impacts the live of the hive.
About a Mother (Dina Velikovskaya, Russia)
When a mother seems to have nothing left, life grants her new opportunities.
Captain 3D (Victor Haegelin, France)
When Captain 3D puts on his glasses he discovers a new world of scary monsters and a damsel in distress.
Au Revoir Balthazar (Rafael Sommerhalder, Switzerland)
Pig (Steven Subotnick, USA)
A pig is everything. An experimental riff on a hundred things that PIG might mean.
Ballone di Cannone (Frodo Kuipers, The Netherlands)
The zany escapades of Eduardo and vertigo-suffering Loet, performing daredevilish stunts in the circus.
Voltaire (Jan Snoekx, The Netherlands)
An insecure weathercock, living on a chapel, moves to a faraway cathedral after a lightning strike. But he’s not the only one there.
The Noise of Grey (Stephane Aubier & Vincent Patar, France/Belgium)
Horse, Cowboy and Indian invite some crazy friends over to help them liven up their dull grey house by adding some splashes of colour. Chaos ensues!