Animated Short Films for Kids
Crisscrossing the globe and transporting viewers from Japan to Zaire to Lithuania and back home to Canada, this selection of animation invites the whole family to dream with their eyes wide open as they experience worlds both real and imagined.
Matilda and the Spare Head (Ignas Meilūnas, Lithuania, 14 min) tells the story of Matilda, a very smart girl who is eager to learn so much that one day, her brain gets full— so her mother buys her a backup head. While two heads might seem better than one, in this case, they’re twice the trouble!
Quarantine (Astrid Goldsmith, UK, 13 min) is a dance fantasy about badgers who are focused on keeping their old folk traditions alive, never minding the plight of the animals trapped in the quarantine compound above their burrow, until one day, a young badger goes rogue.
Duodrom (Basil Vogt, Switzerland, 9 min): Have you ever been so scared you jumped out of your skin? For the hero of this story, the mildest scare will do the trick - literally separating their timid skin from their overconfident skeleton. It will take a lot of work to get their split selves back into harmony.
Accents (Robertino Zambrano, USA/Australia, 3 min) is an ode to a mother’s Puerto Rican accent, written and performed by poet Denice Frohman.
The Butterfly Affect (Stephanie Blakey, Canada, 5 min) is a heartfelt story of insecurity, growth, and self-acceptance told through the eyes of a young worm trying to find her place in a world built for butterflies.
Hibiscus Season (Éléonore Goldberg, Canada, 10 min) takes place in Zaire in 1993. Rachel (an 8 year-old French girl) and her family live in Kinshasa in a house overlooking the Congo River. A sensual and intimate film about memory, writing and forgetting.
Maestro (Illogic, France, 2 min) takes us deep into a forest, where a gathering of wild animals start a nocturnal opera, conducted by a squirrel.
Dreams Into Drawing (Koji Yamamura, Japan, 10 min) is a meditative and empathetic tale, where an artist skilled at sketching animals finds himself transforming into birds and fish in his dreams.
Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) (Amanda Strong, Canada, 20 min): Accompanied by a 10,000-year-old shapeshifter and friend known as Sabe, Biidaaban sets out on a mission to reclaim the ceremonial harvesting of sap from maple trees in an unwelcoming suburban neighbourhood of Ontario…
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