Apache
Apache
Sausage
Sausage
Prince Ki-Ki-Do and the One Hundred Unhappy Mushrooms
Prince Ki-Ki-Do and the One Hundred Unhappy Mushrooms

Animation for Kids 2014 

NZIFF recommends this programme for children aged 7–10 years (and up).

Aug 30

Lido Hamilton

In Your Wishlist
Sep 14

Lido Hamilton

In Your Wishlist
In English
73 minutes
PG (some scenes may scare very young children)

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

Apache 2013

3 minutes

Director

Let’s start with a cool music video.

Prince Ki-Ki-Do and the One Hundred Unhappy Mushrooms 2013

4 minutes

Director

Prince Ki-Ki-Do, a fearless protector of all the forest’s inhabitants, is called in to save 100 little mushrooms.

Snapshot 2012

3 minutes

Spot the animals hiding out everywhere around this patch in the woods. They are a lot quicker than the humans looking for them.

The Numberlys 2013

11 minutes

Once upon a time there was no alphabet – just numbers. ‘We need some more numbers,’ said 1. That set every 1 else thinking.

Borrowed Light 2013

4 minutes

Director

Even with the biggest telescope in the world, it is easier to see the stars if you can turn all the lights out.

The New Species 2013

6 minutes

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?

Snowflake 2012

6 minutes

A surprise in the mail leads to snow on the savannah.

Pohyper 2012

3 minutes

Director

Ever wondered what it would look like if the artwork on your t-shirts suddenly sprang to life? It might look like Pohyper.

Sausage 2013

8 minutes

Director

A bitter battle for sweet success. A humorous take on competition between the industrial and the artisanal, featuring sausages and donuts.

Portlandia: “Zero Rats” 2012

3 minutes

Director

A band of happy rats plan to sneak into a new store full of wholefood goodness. The best laid plans…

5 Metres 80 2013

5 minutes

Director

If you thought giraffes couldn’t do fancy tricks on the flying trapeze, take a look at this.

Rabbit and Deer 2013

17 minutes

Director

The friendship of Rabbit and Deer is put to the test by Deer’s new obsession to find the formula for the 3rd dimension.