Smart Creatures (A Selection of Children’s Films)

THE KRILL IS GONE* (USA, 2010, 3 min.) Brings comic awareness to the dangers facing the fragile ecosystems deep within our oceans. Following different tour guides through their personal encounters with ocean acidification, pollution and over-fishing, the source of the problems will be revealed. Featuring the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants. Directed by Jeffrey Bost.

CHILD & FIREFLY (Canada, 2009, 3 min.) United States Premiere A young boy learns that nature’s smallest creatures must be respected in this captivating animation based on an Urdu children’s poem. Directed by Glenn Gear.

THE CURIOUS GARDEN* (USA, 2010, 10 min.) A little boy, Liam, discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world. Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, with music by David Mansfield. Animated by Soup2Nuts. Directed by Peter Brown.

TREES* (USA, 2010, 3 min.) A warning about the effects of deforestation of our rainforests; as the story unfolds, we move through a lush deep green pastoral jungle inhabited by exotic creatures. The more we know them, the clearer it becomes that our long-limbed neighbors, the trees, are not the only ones fated for the endangered list. Directed by Randy Wakerlin.

ELECTRIC CAR (USA, 2009, 3 min.) Shown as part of the multi-day, multi-venue Energy Film Series. A music video for the song of the same name by They Might Be Giants. Animal friends join the ride with an electric car. Directed by Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata.

LOST AND FOUND (United Kingdom, 2008, 24 min.) One day a boy finds a penguin on his doorstep… an enchanting tale of loneliness and friendship based on the awardwinning book by Oliver Jeffers. Directed by Philip Hunt.

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