We’re back at the Barbican on Saturday June 17 with another spectacular selection of short animated films from around the world especially curated for Family Film Club.
These films are suitable for children of all ages but are specifically aimed at 4 – 12 year-olds, and are funny, weird and charming examples of animated wonder.
This is your wonderful whistle-stop tour around the world – 12 short films from Switzerland, Taiwan, Russia, Estonia, France, New Zealand, Germany, Netherlands and the UK.
This months’ selection of films includes a young stag improvising music, an argument between a cat and a dog that escalates into an emergency, a love-story in the fridge with a sausage and slice of bread, and some very hungry penguins.
Animation is the most imaginative and engaging of all art forms and is the perfect platform to enthral and inspire the wide-open imaginations of children. These programmes – carefully selected with our youngest audience in mind – are always popular – and not a toy ad in sight.
It’s part of our day-to-day activity as a festival – to collect animated shorts from all over the world in all sorts of animation styles and techniques. And for the Kids’ Club we set aside the ones that we know will work best for our younger audiences. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share the wealth of animation that we get to see everyday with the next generation of film fans, films buffs and filmmakers.
At Barbican book tickets
Queen Bum (Maja Gehrig, Switzerland)
A Dad and his little girl make up goodnight stories about strange Queen Po.
Switch Man (Hsun-Chun Chiang, Taiwan)
A superhero’s secret power is about to turn Dr. Evil Mantis’ chaos upside down.
The Sled (Olesya Shchukina, Russia)
A little squirrel finds something he has never seen before.
Miriam’s Hens Dream (Andres Tenusaar, Estonia)
It’s a rainy day, Little Brother and Father are building a toy-plane, Hen is dreaming about flying south too.
Catch It (Paul Bar, Marion Demaret, Nadege Forner, Pierre-Baptiste Marty, Julien Robyn, Jordan Soler, France)
A group of meerkats, a lone vulture and some fruit.
Fulfilament (Rhiannon Evans, UK)
A small thought adventures through the brain, looking for a place to belong.
Slave of the Rave (William Garratt, UK)
Hilarious – how an audience reacts to different types of music.
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.
Cats and Dogs (Jesus Perez & Gerd Gockell, Switzerland/Germany)
An argument between a cat and a dog escalates into an emergency. Thankfully, the animator intervenes to save the day.
Sausage (Josefine Hasler, Germany)
The sausage inside the fridge falls in love with the bread outside on the kitchen table. Driven by love and desire, it tries everything to reach the other side of the fridge door.
The Unwashed Penguin (Isabelle Favez, Russia)
A small penguin is afraid of water and can’t swim with other penguins. But the desire to have friends is much stronger than all the fears and barriers.
Jonas and the Sea (Marlies van der Wel, Netherlands)
A man casts aside everything in pursuit of his dream. A dream we all share: the quest to find a place we can call home, even if it’s underwater.