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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
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
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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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
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
Yellow Submarine
Age Recommendation: All Ages
Director: George Dunning
As one of the best animated films based around one of the best bands in the world, Yellow Submarine is a beautiful psychedelic ode to the music of the Fab Four...



Released: 1968
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Small Change
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Francois Truffaut
François Truffaut's episodic, warmly comic portrayal of life in a rural French village is one of the most charming and realistic films about the pleasures and pain of childhood. Famed critic Pauline Kael called it "that rarity - a poetic comedy that's really funny"...



Released: 1976
Under the Same Moon
Age Recommendation: 11+
Director: Patricia Riggen
Every Sunday, nine-year-old Carlitos gets a call from a pay phone in Los Angeles, where his mother works illegally to provide money for her son back home. After years of promises that she will bring him to the US, Carlitos begins to wonder if he will ever see his mother again...


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Released: 2008
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
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
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
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
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
The Secret of Moonacre
Age Recommendation: 5+
Director: Gabor Csupo
An audience favorite at the NY Int'l Children's Film Festival! The latest film from director Gabor Csupo (Bridge to Terabithia), with Dakota Blue Richards (The Golden Compass) and Tim Curry, is a fantasy adventure complete with misty castles, a danger-filled forest, a magic pearl necklace, and...


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Released: 2010
Racing Dreams
Age Recommendation: 8 to Adult
Director: Marshall Curry
"THE BEST FILM OF THE YEAR! AN INSTANT CLASSIC!" - LA Times. Academy-Award nominee Marshall Curry unearths the world of competitive go-kart racing in this simultaneously intimate and thrilling documentary on the World Karting Association's National Series. Three of the country's most talented drivers vie for the championship title before any of them are even eligible for a driver's license.



Released: 2010
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