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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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Fantastic Planet
Age Recommendation: 14+
Director: Reynolds/Goldberger
In this animated vision of a futuristic sci-fi dystopia, humans are kept as pets by the super-advanced race of blue aliens known as Draags. They treat their human pets, known as Oms, with disdain, pitting them in fights to the death and occasionally gassing the wild population as a means of pest control...


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Released: 1973
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
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
The Red Balloon
Age Recommendation: All Ages
Director: Albert Lamorisse
The Red Balloon is a classic of children's cinema, as the image of the film’s titular balloon, glowing an impossibly dazzling shade of Technicolor red, has seared itself into so many childhood memories. The film’s story is deceptively simple...


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Released: 1956
White Mane
Age Recommendation: 8+
Director: Albert Lamorisse
From the director of The Red Balloon comes another award-winning classic short film. This story focuses on White Mane, the rebellious and proud leader of a pack of wild horses, who dodges the herdsmen’s repeated attempts to capture him. After one dangerous escape, he meets the adolescent fisherman Folco...


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Released: 1952
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
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
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