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Want to find the best international, classic or unusual movies for kids? We've carefully assembled a list of films on DVD that have played the New York Int'l Children's Film Festival, as well as some of our own favorites!

Tales of the Night
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Michel Ocelot
From the imagination of internationally renowned animator Michel Ocelot (Kirikou and the Sorceress, Azur & Asmar) comes a magical and visually stunning new film, delighting kids, families and animation fans of all ages. Silhouetted characters are set off against exquisitely detailed...


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Released: 2011

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The Secret of Kells
Age Recommendation: 6+
Director: Tomm Moore
Academy Award Nominee - Best Animated Feature!
Magic, fantasy, and Celtic mythology come together in a riot of color and detail that dazzle the eyes, in a sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times...


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Released: 2010
Azur and Asmar
Age Recommendation: 6 to Adult
Director: Michel Ocelot
Azur & Asmar is a poetic, fairytale-like story set within a shimmering landscape of incomparable brilliance and beauty. Audiences and critics have been unanimous in their outpouring of praise for the film...


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Released: 2006
Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends: The Complete First Season
Age Recommendation: 5+
Director: Various
From the subversive mind of Jay Ward comes the complete first season of this Cold War era classic. Rediscover Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose as they race to create a rocket fuel recipe while evading the very evil...



Released: 1959
A Charlie Brown Christmas (Remastered Deluxe Edition)
Age Recommendation: All Ages
Director: Bill Melendez
The Peanuts gang returns in this classic holiday story of Charlie Brown and his efforts to find the true meaning of Christmas. When he is chosen to direct the school's Christmas pageant, Charlie Brown is elated. He enlists his best friend, Linus, to help him pick a tree. But when he returns to check on Lucy and the rest of the cast, they are not rehearsing their lines! Charlie Brown flees as they mercilessly taunt his choice of the smallest, sickliest tree. As he approaches Snoopy's doghouse - decked out in hoards of lights and decorations - he is relieved to find that his beloved beagle has, in fact, embraced the Christmas spirit. But Snoopy is simply trying to win money in a decorating contest! Good grief.



Released: 1965
Pom Poko
Age Recommendation: 5 to 12 (In English)
Director: Isao Takahata
The first animated feature to be submitted for the Oscar for Foreign Language Film, Isao Takahata's Pom Poko is a true Japanese folk tale. The lives of the tanuki raccoons of the Tama Hills are in danger as human developers begin to turn their rural homeland into suburban sprawl. Under the leadership of the tribal elders, the raccoons will stop at nothing to protect their community.



Released: 1994
Lotte From Gadgetville
Age Recommendation: 3 to 8 (In English)
Director: Ernits/Poldma
Lotte From Gadgetville is a sweet and gentle-spirited crowd-pleaser, full of wacky contraptions, silly/happy songs, and a refreshingly un-cynical sense of humor. Lotte is a cheerful girl-dog who lives in the seaside town of Gadgetville, a village crazy about inventing. Every year there is a competition to show...



Released: 2006
The Point
Age Recommendation: 4 to 10
Director: Fred Wolf
In a world of pointy-headed people obsessed with making pointy objects, it's hard for a boy born with a round head to fit in! Banished along with his faithful dog Arrow, Oblio must prove that nobody is "pointless"...



Released: 1971
Yellow Submarine
Age Recommendation: All Ages
Director: George Dunning
As one of the best animated films based around one of the best bands in the world, Yellow Submarine is a beautiful psychedelic ode to the music of the Fab Four...



Released: 1968
Astro Boy
Age Recommendation: All Ages
Director: Osamu Tezuka
How much do you love Astro Boy, the groundbreaking anime series about a robot boy who combats evil? If you said, "A whole lot," then you just might be the target market for the amazing 11-disc box set put together by Right Stuf, featuring over 20 hours from the show's original 1963-64 run!



Released: 1963
Wall-E
Age Recommendation: All Ages
Director: Andrew Stanton
One of the best films of the year, Wall-E combines beautiful animation with brilliant slapstick comedy and a stirring environmental message...



Released: 2008
Dragon Hunters
Age Recommendation: 5 to 12 (In English)
Director: Arthur Qwak/Guillaume Ivernel
This action-packed, lusciously animated adventure from France is set in a fantastic kingdom in the sky, a decaying world of floating, interconnected islands suspended in midair. Lord Hector fears the impending awakening of the World Gobbler, a monstrous dragon...


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Released: 2008
Kiki's Delivery Service
Age Recommendation: All Ages
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
This is one of the most acclaimed animated films of all time, created by legendary animation director Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. A resourceful young witch uses her broom to create a delivery service...


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Released: 1989
Castle in the Sky
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
A young girl with a mysterious crystal pendant falls out of the sky and into the arms--and life--of young Pazu. Together they search for a floating island in the sky, site of a long-dead civilization promising enormous wealth and power to...


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Released: 1986
Kirikou and the Sorceress
Age Recommendation: All Ages
Director: Michel Ocelot
An exquisitely animated African tale of Kirikou, a small boy with extraordinary abilities. When he discovers that his village is cursed by the terrifying sorceress Karaba, Kirikou sets off on an adventure to rid the village of Karaba's curse by understanding what has made her so angry. Kirikou and the Sorceress is one of the most stunningly beautiful, poetic and entertaining films for children in a great many years.



Released: 1998
My Neighbor Totoro
Age Recommendation: All Ages
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
In one of anime master Hayao Miyazaki's best-known works, two sisters move into a new home in the countryside with their father. There they discover a family of Totoros--huge, furry raccoon-esque animals--and a host of other unbelievable creatures...


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Released: 1988
Wallace and Gromit: The Complete Collection
Age Recommendation: All Ages
Director: Nick Park
Audiences around the world continue to enjoy the lovable comic duo of the eccentric cheese-loving inventor Wallace and his faithful dog Gromit. Their short films, winners of numerous awards (including Oscars and NYICFF Grand Prizes), pack great verbal puns...



Released: 1996
Pixar Short Films
Age Recommendation: All Ages
Director: Pixar
A wonderful collection of shorts from the studio that redefined CGI-animated films, this new compilation brings together the shorts that have previously been seen before their feature-length films and at the NYICFF Pixar Shorts retrospective. Spanning the entire history of their company, from the days...


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Released: 2004
The Iron Giant
Age Recommendation: All Ages
Director: Brad Bird
Before joining Pixar, director Brad Bird showed his talent for incredibly touching but non-syrupy storytelling in this tale of a boy and his behemoth robot. When young Hogarth discovers the hulking robot at the height of Cold War paranoia, they become fast friends, but Hogarth...


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Released: 1999
Winged Migration
Age Recommendation: All Ages
Director: Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud
A fantastic and beautiful documentary about the migration of birds features nature footage you'd swear was computer-generated. From the co-director of nature doc Microcosmos comes this touching true account of the extraordinary journeys undertaken every year by the most ordinary animals.


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Released: 2001
Microcosmos
Age Recommendation: All Ages
Director: Jacques Perrin and Kristin Scott Thomas
From the creators of Winged Migration comes this documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, a scarab beetle relentlessly pushing its ball of dung uphill, endless lines of caterpillars, an underwater spider creating an air bubble to live in, and a mosquito hatching.


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Released: 1996
The Red Balloon
Age Recommendation: All Ages
Director: Albert Lamorisse
The Red Balloon is a classic of children's cinema, as the image of the film’s titular balloon, glowing an impossibly dazzling shade of Technicolor red, has seared itself into so many childhood memories. The film’s story is deceptively simple...


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Released: 1956
The Secret of Moonacre
Age Recommendation: 5+
Director: Gabor Csupo
An audience favorite at the NY Int'l Children's Film Festival! The latest film from director Gabor Csupo (Bridge to Terabithia), with Dakota Blue Richards (The Golden Compass) and Tim Curry, is a fantasy adventure complete with misty castles, a danger-filled forest, a magic pearl necklace, and...


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Released: 2010
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