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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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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
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
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
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
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
Natural History of the Chicken
Age Recommendation: 11+
Director: Mark Lewis
This inspired, fabulously quirky documentary from the multi-award winning director of Cane Toads says as much about the odd behavior of humans as it does about chickens. Meet Valerie, a frozen-solid hen who receives emergency "mouth-to-beak" resuscitation (and lives to tell an animal communicator about her near-death experience); the pampered Cotton, who watches TV, bathes with her owner, and wears rooster panties around the house; and of course, the amazing Miracle Mike, who lived for two and a half years without a head...



Released: 2001
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