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 to deliver a selection of wonderful films full of joy. This programme is suitable for all ages but especially 8-15 year-olds.
These enthralling films include a surreal story about three friends who exchange heads by accident, a grumpy granny living in a blue fairy-tale forest and a tense and prickly standoff between a hedgehog and a quartet of insatiable beasts.
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Heads Together (Job Joris & Marieke, Netherlands)
City and Heart (Anne-Sophie Raimond, France)
The frenetic chaos of the city, the beating heart of a poet.
Two Trams (Svetlana Andrianova, Russia)
Klick and Tram are two city trams that leave their bus depot every morning.
Shock Therapy (Bali Engel & Matthieu Landour, UK)
Jim is afraid of everything. To cure himself, he decides to invite all his phobias to his home but it’s not a good idea.
Hedgehog’s Home (Eva Cvijanović, Canada/Croatia)
When I Worry About Things – Annabel’s Story (Andy Glynne & Liam O’Connor, UK)
Annabel has OCD and nervous tics after a period of upheaval, but ultimately she learns to cope with her depression.
Merlot (Giulia Martinelli & Marta Gennari, Italy)
In a blue fairytale forest a grumpy granny loses a bottle of wine.
The Shrapnel (Dmitry Ivanov, Russia)
A soldier, wounded at war, returns home to his mother.
Deep Beneath The Earth (Kim Noce & Shaun Clark, UK)
Link (Robert Loebel, Germany)
Two characters are linked by their hair, influencing each other by every move they make.