This collection of films selected especially for our youngest audience promises some laughs, some frights – and some food for thought. This year’s programme is probably best suited to a slightly older age group (6-10) than previous years’.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2005
Thought-provoking, engaging and genuinely entertaining animation for kids is not as thick on the ground as you might think. This collection of films selected especially for our youngest audience promises some laughs, some frights – and some food for thought. The knockabout, bounce-back spirit of the old Warner Brothers cartoons can definitely be felt in several of this year’s selections. This year’s programme is probably best suited to a slightly older age group (6-10) than previous years’.
Pure magic. A happy troupe of workers build a skyscraper, swinging all the time to a catchy tune from a bygone era.
“Dr Seuss-meets-MAD-magazine” Some crazy little characters stretch their imaginations to the limit as they try to reach the top of the trees where all the really good cherries are. And everyone knows what happens when you eat too many cherries.
Drawing on the rich, less-than-politically-correct animation of old, we meet a mad bad black cat.
For every child who ever looked into a pool and tried to capture the reflections trapped there.
A whimsical and beguiling musical railway ride into a fairy’s future.
As long as there have been caves, there have been cavemen getting chucked out of them. The story of one silly caveman trying to cook his dinner in the great outdoors.
What do your things get up to when nobody’s watching? A family of candles throw some light on a room teeming with animated objects in this surprisingly affecting little pixellation masterpiece. Every scene in the film contains a surprise; personality is animated into every object.
A clever little gopher cooks up a pretty cunning plan to nab a few tasty morsels from passing veggie trucks for his lunch. But he hasn’t figured on all the other animals beating him to it.
The latest short film from Disney. Lorenzo is a pampered, spoiled cat and one day he pushes his luck just a little too far. His big, fluffy tail gets a hex put on it and springs to life. Suddenly, Lorenzo has a really big problem and some of his solutions surprise you!
A traditional Chinese folk story depicted with delicate and intriguing animated shadow puppets giving us the very good reason why lightning always comes before thunder.
An absorbing, mature and intricately animated exploration of children playing together regardless of borders and the wars their parents fight.