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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! Even better: Every DVD you buy through this site helps make us rich. Not Bill Gates rich. Just “not-in-spiraling-amounts-of-debt” rich. Ka-ching!

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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Millions
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Danny Boyle
Director Danny Boyle wields a wildly inventive visual style, spinning an atmosphere of playful magical realism punctuated by moments of pure cinematic exuberance. It is the tale of two Liverpudian lads who have just moved into a new house with their dad to begin a new life without their departed mother. Damien is a dreamer, representing all that is naive and unspoiled in the world. So when a duffle bag full of cash literally falls from the sky to Damien's feet, he thinks it's a gift from God and begins searching for poor people to give the money to...


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Released: 2005
Story Of The Weeping Camel
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Luigi Falorni and Byambasuren Davaa
Set in the Gobi Desert, this film about a family of nomadic herders blends documentary and fiction into a uniquely affecting experience. After a difficult delivery, the mother camel refuses to look after her new colt. The Mongolian shepherds become concerned for the colt's health, and send two of their sons on a journey to the next village, looking for a musician who can help perform an ancient musical ceremony...


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Released: 2003
A Hard Day's Night
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Richard Lester
In this Academy Award-nominated musical comedy, The Beatles--who had recently been made an American sensation with their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show--offer a satirical look at a day in the life of the band...



Released: 1964
Help!
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Richard Lester
This sequel to A Hard Day's Night reunites director Richard Lester with the Fab Four, but adds color and a wackier kind of surreal slapstick comedy. In this spoof of The Beatles' universal popularity, an Eastern religious cult declares the ring on Ringo's finger is a powerful artifact...



Released: 1965
Plan 9 From Outer Space
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Ed Wood
The concept of "so bad it's good" seems to have been invented for the films of Ed Wood, a director, writer, producer and occasional star who fully embraced his B-movie budgets and utter lack of technical skill. In Plan 9, his magnum opus about aliens who try to conquer earth with zombies, a hit list of cinematic ineptitudes doesn't sink the film so much as make it pure sci-fi comedy gold...


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Released: 1958
King Kong (1933)
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack
Like the giant ape for which it's named, King Kong is a movie that is larger than life. It's been remade multiple times (including a CGI-infused, mega-costly version from Peter Jackson in 2005) but never topped. The movie effectively follows a "more is more" strategy...


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Released: 1933
Beauty and the Beast
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Jean Cocteau
Fifty years before Disney got to it, poet/director Jean Cocteau created this masterpiece, a film that fully embraced its fairy tale roots with delightfully surreal imagery and a heartbreaking romance between the finely-coiffed Beast and the Beauty...


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Released: 1947
The 400 Blows
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Francois Truffaut
Perhaps the most famous film ever made about childhood, French New Wave pioneer Francois Truffaut's stirring debut feels as fresh as the day it premiered...


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Released: 1959
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