Toons for Tots

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Director: Various
Year: 2012
Running time: 62 mins
Censor Rating: G
Genres: For kids

If you don’t think oranges can crazy-dance with the best of them, then we have news for you. If you’ve ever wondered what makes a cloud do what a cloud does, we have an answer for you that you probably won’t believe. But then, if seeing is believing we have proof that cows can fly. And that cakes can decorate themselves. If you ever wondered what would happen if somebody let a couple of tigers loose in the middle of a city, all you need do is watch closely. Then, if you loved The Gruffalo last year, guess what’s waiting for you, now that you are a year older, at the end of this programme. And if you didn’t meet the little guy last year, it’s not too late to do so now. (It gets a bit scary, but it all works out in the end.)

Here comes our annual collection of animated treats carefully selected to engage, entertain and maybe even enthral our youngest audience. In a world full of animation that so often carries many mixed messages, these are funny and charming animated gems created simply to tell stories and enchant. Recommended for ages three to six. — MT

Orange O Despair

John Banana/France 2011/4 mins

A cautionary tale about an orange who would rather be a pineapple, and a dancing pineapple at that.


Alexandre Dubosc/France 2011/3 mins

Cute enough to eat, a film made out of smarties, chocolates and cake.

Fluffy McCloud

Conor Finnegan/Ireland 2010/3 mins

An independent little summer cloud cruises the neighbourhood and finds a use for all that rain he’s been carrying around.


Janis Cimermanis/Latvia 2010/8 mins

Is it really a good idea to invite a tiger family into your house?


Frits Standaert/Belgium 2011/8 mins

Sounds like something awfully big is coming through the jungle and heading right this way.


Yohann Auroux-Bernard, Sébastien De Oliveira Bispo, Gary Fouchy/France 2011/6 mins

What is happening down on the farm? Cows are floating off into the air like balloons. So are dogs. And there goes the tractor!

Love Earth

Yu-Hsuan Tseng, Chien-Chun Tseng/Taiwan 2012/3 mins

Animation for kids by kids.

The Gruffalo’s Child

Uwe Heidschötter, Johannes Weiland/UK/Germany 2011/27 mins

In this sequel to last year’s junior hit, a little Gruffalo ignores her father’s warnings and tiptoes out into the snow in search of the Big Bad Mouse. Voices by Helena Bonham Carter, Shirley Henderson and Robbie Coltrane.


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