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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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
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
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
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
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.


Released: 2001
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