FYI: The New York International Children’s Film Festival is now in progress, running February 27 - March 22, 2015, and the lineup includes two feature films and two compilations of short films from the United Kingdom. Check out the lineup below!
The newest film from stop-motion maestros, Aardman Animations – a grass-fed, farm-to-screen adventure brimming with humor, charm, and wit. Shaun the Sheep, the woolly stop-motion star whose vocal range is limited to bleats and baas, first appeared in Nick Park’s 1995 Oscar®-winning Wallace and Gromit adventure. In his first feature film, Shaun tires of the everyday routine on Mossy Bottom Farm and concocts a plan to lead his flock in rebellion.
Recommended all ages
ENCHANTED KINGDOM 3D – North American Premiere, Documentary, UK, Patrick Morris/Neil Nightingale; In English.
The creators of BBC’s groundbreaking Walking with Dinosaurs 3D and Earth take us on a spell-binding journey through seven realms of with extraordinary timelapse photography. Sweeping aerial shots and macro and micro lensed 3D, propel us from enchanted forests to the boiling edge of the underworld, from celestial ice-capped mountains and lava-spewing volcanoes to crashing waterfalls and deep fantastical seas. Narrated by Idris Elba.
Recommended ages: 6 to adult
BEST OF AARDMAN SHORTS – Animation, UK, Various Directors; In English.
This brilliant collection of short films includes the Academy Award® winning Creature Comforts, Festival Grand Prize winner Humdrum, plus Morph, Rex the Runt, Shaun the Sheep and other mini masterpieces spanning four decades of creative output from Nick Park, Peter Lord, Richard Starzack, Peter Peake, Chris Sadler and the stop-motion geniuses at Aardman Animations. These inspired creations embody the best of Aardman’s slyly subversive wit and expressive style.
Recommended ages: 8 to adult
WALLACE & GROMIT SHORTS – Special Program, Animation, UK, Nick Park; in English.
Celebrate the 25th birthday of Nick Park’s absent minded, cheese-loving inventor Wallace and his faithful canine companion Gromit. Nick Park began work on A Grand Day Out as a student project, completing it after joining Aardman in 1985. Program includes A Grand Day Out and Nick Park’s next two Wallace & Gromit films, The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave, both of which earned Oscars® and secured Wallace & Gromit a place as a UK national treasure and one of the most beloved animated duos of all times.
Recommended ages: 5 to adult