One of the things I love about Chicago it that it has an international film festival for children’s films. You may have seen an article about films showing this past weekend, like this one in the Sun-Times:
The film festival continues through the end of this week.
I haven’t yet been to this festival, but I have shopped for videos based on critics’ reports. One such purchase was Little Polar Bear, from Germany, based on the series of books by Hans de Beer (also originally in German, but available in our library collection translated into English and Spanish).
If you’re interested in having your own stay-at-home children’s international film festival, here are a few more DVDs to try:
Azur and Asmar: The Princes’ Quest has a couple of European countries listed for its origin, but one of the characters speaks Arabic and the setting is a fantastic world with giant birds. It’s a visually stunning, highly recommended fairy tale adventure for older kids.
The Secret of Kells isn’t owned by our library yet, but it can be requested from other libraries in our system. It’s an imaginative Irish story about the monks who made the beautifully illuminated Book of Kells (and some magical creatures, and a cat).
If you’re in the mood for something British, and a little bit spooky, you might enjoy Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit. We’ve had Wallace and Gromit in the library since the days of VHS tapes. It’s good to see that they’re still popular! If you’re already familiar with Wallce and Gromit and would like to try something new with a similar flavor, you might try Shaun the Sheep, a TV series created by the same animation studio.