Screened as part of NZIFF 2016
Each year our animation programme provides one of the best opportunities to introduce our youngest friends to the pleasures of international cinema and the NZIFF experience. NZIFF 2016 presents not one but two Animation for Kids collections – with each film guaranteed to amuse, entertain and inspire curious young minds and indie-animation-loving grown-ups alike. — NM
Lone Stag lacks a certain something on the antlers front: antlers. Without them he has little chance of getting any birds to help him make music for the spring jam.
Meet Anatole, who is never without the little saucepan behind him. It’s quite literally a drag and really holds him back, but there's someone in the world who can help make sense of it.
This Oscar-nominated film follows the life of a stone as it travels over the course of millennia.
It’s super hard for frogs and caterpillars to remain lifelong friends. This bittersweet story of inter-species friendship shows the tricky side of metamorphosis.
Perhaps it’s really not that bad to have something deeply strange inside you that others laugh at.
A compelling story about a mother raising her three boys, and the power of sacrifice, familial love and particularly strong hair.
A young boy tells us his views on love, life and death as he remembers his grandfather, who could listen to the trees breathing and believed that no one can die if someone still loves them.
A toy figure finds herself in a curious world with some wonderfully strange companions.
An amusing musical take on the ‘we are who we hang out with’ mentality.
When a not-so-charming prince slays the dragon, the princess promptly orders a new one from the Three Little Ninjas Delivery Service.