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One of the perks of being an animation gadabout is knowing when foreign animated films are showing in the United States. Every year, I attend GKIDS’ New York International Children’s Film Festival, which premieres many of the buzzworthy animated features in North America. For those of you out there who believe that A) Children won’t read subtitles and B) This is a film festival exclusively for kids – I beg to differ. The festival took place in March and I had a list of about, 8 films I wanted to see this year, but, sadly, only had time for 4. Here are my reviews of those films in 140 characters or less.
A team of foosball figures come to life to help an emotionally distant young man save his town from a insane soccer star with an axe to grind.
— C. Edwards (@claudedwards) March 8, 2014
An army of ants (and a ladybug) fight another army for sugar cubes left over from a picnic in this insect battlefield epic – performed all in pantomime.
— C. Edwards (@claudedwards) March 16, 2014
Aunt Hilda!, French
A green house proprietress fights a big corporation with a menacing new genetically engineered plant.
— C. Edwards (@claudedwards) March 22, 2014
Ernest & Celestine, French-Belgian
A clever young mouse and a grumpy bear develop an unlikely friendship after they upset the balance between their separate, but mutually beneficial societies in this Oscar nominated animated film.
— C. Edwards (@claudedwards) March 27, 2014