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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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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
A Cat in Paris
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Jean-Loup Felicioli/Alain Gagnol
Dino is a cat that leads a double life. By day he lives with Zoe, a little girl whose mother is a detective in the Parisian police force. But at night Dino sneaks out the window to work with Nico - a slinky cat burglar with a big heart, whose fluid movements are poetry in motion as he evades...


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Sita Sings the Blues
Age Recommendation: 9 to Adult
Director: Nina Paley
"100% Fresh!" (Rotten Tomatoes) Tragedy, comedy and musical collide in this gloriously animated festival favorite film from New York’s own "One Woman Pixar" (Wired). Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three bickering shadow puppets act as comic narrators as these old and new stories are interwoven in a post-modern retelling of the ancient Indian epic Ramayana, animated in a dazzling mix of traditional and collage animation styles.



Released: 2008
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
Spirited Away
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki's Ocar-winning masterpiece, Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro, a young girl forced to find her way through a world of spirits when her parents are mysteriously transformed by a witch. Featuring memorable character design and art direction, this film is essential viewing.


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Released: 2001
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Age Recommendation: 10 to Adult
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
In 2007, NYICFF presented the US Premiere of Mamoru Hosodo's first feature - a lush and beautifully drawn animation with a sci-fi twist from the future creator of Summer Wars.



Released: 2006
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
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
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
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki, "the Kurosawa of animation," is behind this story about a young princess in a devastated future world where warring human outposts contend with giant insects and atmospheric poisons. Beautifully rendered with awe-inspiring animations and transcendent filmic moments, Nausicaa...


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Released: 1985
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
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
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
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
The Triplets of Belleville
Age Recommendation: 11+
Director: Sylvain Chomet
Through luscious-looking hand-drawn animation and a unique character design that's both cute and gritty, this Oscar-nominated French gem manages to tell its tale almost entirely without words. When Madame Souza's grandson Champion, who has been training since birth for the Tour de France, suddenly goes missing...


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Released: 2003
Metropolis (2002)
Age Recommendation: 11+
Director: Rintaro
The 1949 manga by industry legend Osamu Tezuka (itself inspired by the silent film masterpiece from Fritz Lang) is re-imagined in this beautiful and thoughtful anime film. Taking the epic setting of Lang's film--a futuristic metropolis of extreme polarities...


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Released: 2002
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
Rex the Runt: The Complete Series
Age Recommendation: 11+
Director: Richard "Golly" Goleszowski
Richard "Golly" Goleszowski's Rex the Runt is the most delirious animated comedy series ever created. With his doggy chums Wendy, Bad Bob and Vince (who suffers from Random Pavarotti Disease), the wobbly, bobbly, dribbly, squiggly Rex deadpans his way through adventures veering between the surreal and the banal.


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Released: 1998
Strings
Age Recommendation: 11+
Director: Anders Ronnow Klarlund
A virtuoso feat of puppeteering, this amazing film combines the dark elegance of the Quay Brothers with the epic scope and irony-free sincerity of The Lord of the Rings. These puppets are not stand-ins for people but instead represent a carved wooden race of beings who are connected to the infinite by the strings which hold their bodies aloft...


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Released: 2004
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
Steamboy
Age Recommendation: 11+
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
In 1988, Katsuhiro Otomo took the worlds of anime and science-fiction by storm with his post-apocalyptic cyberpunk adventure Akira. The film set a new standard for the genre and helped launch the global phenomenon of Japanese animation. His long-awaited follow up, Steamboy, is the most expensive Japanese animation ever made and an unparalleled feat of animation, imagination and non-stop action...


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Released: 2005
The Cat Returns
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Hiroyuki Morita
Studio Ghibli's The Cat Returns was the top-grossing film of 2002 at the Japanese box office. In this unofficial sequel to 1992's Whisper of the Heart, a quiet suburban schoolgirl, Haru, is pitched into a fantastical but dangerous world (of cats!) and must find her inner strength to make her way back home...


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Released: 2002
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
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
Princess Mononoke
Age Recommendation: 11+
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
One of Miyazaki's most famous films is this sometimes-violent ode to the bond between Man and Nature. A prince is infected with an incurable disease by a possessed boar god. He is to die unless he can find a cure, but when he seeks the help of the deer god in the far east, he finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest inhabitants and an iron mining town that is exploiting and killing the forest. Leading the animals in a war against the humans is Princess Mononoke, a human raised by wolves.



Released: 1997
Howl's Moving Castle
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki's new film continues the director's tradition of combining simple folk tale story setups with ambitiously beautiful imagery. Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a spell on Sophie. In a life-changing adventure, Sophie climbs aboard Howl's magnificent flying castle and enters a magical world on a quest to break the spell.


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Released: 2004
Porco Rosso
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Set in a mid-war Italy swept by fascism, this film from Hayao Miyazaki follows the life of Marco, a world-weary flying ace turned bounty hunter. Somewhere along the way a curse has transformed Marco's head into that of a pig, reflecting his loss of faith in humanity. Marco meets...


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Released: 1992
Fantastic Planet
Age Recommendation: 14+
Director: Reynolds/Goldberger
In this animated vision of a futuristic sci-fi dystopia, humans are kept as pets by the super-advanced race of blue aliens known as Draags. They treat their human pets, known as Oms, with disdain, pitting them in fights to the death and occasionally gassing the wild population as a means of pest control...


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Released: 1973
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