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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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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
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
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
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
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
Bend It Like Beckham
Age Recommendation: 11+
Director: Carl Stevenson
Having shown great talent on the practice fields and in pick up games in the park, Jess dreams of playing professional soccer like her idol, David Beckham. Her very traditional Indian family disapproves of the sport, and forbids her from playing...



Released: 2002
Ma Vie en Rose
Age Recommendation: 11+
Director: Alain Berliner
Seven-year-old Ludovic is a boy who decides he should have been born a girl, and begins to sweetly experiment, trying on dresses and lipstick, and taking the female lead of Snow White in the school play...



Released: 1997
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
A Shot in the Dark
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Blake Edwards
The funniest film in the Pink Panther series, in which Sellers created his most famous role, the thoroughly inept French detective Inspector Jacques Clouseau...



Released: 1964
Duck Soup
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Leo McCarey
The Marx Bros.' best film is this madcap farce in which Groucho plays Rufus T. Firefly, leader of the imaginary country of Freedonia, who must woo the nation's wealthy benefactor...



Released: 1933
Razzle Dazzle: A Journey Into Dance
Age Recommendation: 9 to Adult
Director: Darren Ashton
The 2008 Festival opened with the US Premiere of Razzle Dazzle, an Australian mockumentary that skewers the absurdities of the intense competition between kids on the youth dance troupe circuit—and the hyper-involved parents who live through them. A hilarious cross...



Released: 2007
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
Hop
Age Recommendation: 11+
Director: Dominique Standaert
Dieudonne and his son Justin are just settling down in front of the tube to watch the World Cup match when a racist neighbor sparks a conflict and father and son find themselves on the run from the police. Dieudonne is caught and deported to the Congo, but Justin manages to slip away and is taken under the wing of an ex-revolutionary and bomb expert. Hop treats the somber issues of immigration and political terrorism with humor, alternating tragic situations with comic details. The result is an exceptionally entertaining movie, full of warmth, humor and suspense.


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Released: 2004
Viva Cuba!
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti
In this charming coming-of-age film from Cuba, preteens Jorgito and Malú have formed a deep bond, so when they learn Malú's divorced mother plans to remarry and leave the country, taking Malú with her, the two friends go on a quest to prevent their separation. Leaving Havana and traveling on foot and by any available vehicle, the children try to reach Malú's father before he signs papers permitting her to emigrate.


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Released: 2005
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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