Screened as part of NZIFF 2014
The best animation is a colourful, oddball kind of vehicle capable of the most unlikely journeys. There are plenty of animators who see kids less as an audience and more as a band of fellow travellers on these expeditions of the imagination. The very best of these excursions will encounter worlds that blend the fantastical, the apparently impossible and the audaciously improbable with clever animals, magical ideas, pure fun and just maybe a couple of slightly rude bits. Responding to the vivid imaginations of children is what makes putting these two programmes together such an inspiring challenge for us. If we got it right, there is likely to be laughing, finger pointing, silent ‘wow’ moments and even a few moments of thoughtful contemplation – followed by more laughing, finger pointing and noisy ‘wow’ moments. — Malcolm Turner
Let’s start with a cool music video.
Prince Ki-Ki-Do, a fearless protector of all the forest’s inhabitants, is called in to save 100 little mushrooms.
Spot the animals hiding out everywhere around this patch in the woods. They are a lot quicker than the humans looking for them.
Once upon a time there was no alphabet – just numbers. ‘We need some more numbers,’ said 1. That set every 1 else thinking.
Even with the biggest telescope in the world, it is easier to see the stars if you can turn all the lights out.
Three kids dig up a weird bone on their way to school. It has to be some kind of undiscovered species but do any of the grown-ups care?
A surprise in the mail leads to snow on the savannah.
Ever wondered what it would look like if the artwork on your t-shirts suddenly sprang to life? It might look like Pohyper.
A bitter battle for sweet success. A humorous take on competition between the industrial and the artisanal, featuring sausages and donuts.
A band of happy rats plan to sneak into a new store full of wholefood goodness. The best laid plans…
If you thought giraffes couldn’t do fancy tricks on the flying trapeze, take a look at this.
The friendship of Rabbit and Deer is put to the test by Deer’s new obsession to ﬁnd the formula for the 3rd dimension.