Country: Canada, Czech Republic, Latvia, Russian Federation, United States
Language: English or no dialogue
Multiple Film Types | 2020-2022 | 65 mins
Recommended for all ages (Parental Guidance: Appropriate for all ages.)
First Impressions – The films on this reel are curated for the youngest minds. Some narratives are driven by music. Others use a wide array of animation styles to tell stories that might inspire a giggle (or two). By the end you will have “visited” six different countries through film.
Films and film line-up are subject to change without notice.
BIRDS BY THE WAY – Times and circumstances change, but the duo of a Worm and a Bird stands the same! (2022 / 10 mins / Russian Federation / dir. Alla Vartanyan / no dialogue)
DILLY DIGGER – Dilly is a curious little mole who loves to dig. Day in. Day out. Dig, dig, dig. But he is not so good at staying on task. Today, Dilly is supposed to find mushrooms for dinner but gets distracted by a funny butterfly, a fuzzy caterpillar and a friendly Giraffe. Will Dilly find the mushrooms and keep his promise? (2022 / 10 mins / Canada / dir. Eva Colmers / in English)
HUSH HUSH LITTLE BEAR – While the bear parents are away looking for berries and honey, the baby bears stay at home with the sheep. But what bear cub can resist a ball of yarn? Certainly not these two. Based on the traditional Latvian lullaby. (2022 / 4.5 mins / Latvia / dir. Māra Liniņa / in Latvian w/English subtitles)
LLAMAS AT THE LAUNDROMAT – Got dirty clothes? Join two stylish llamas as they dance and sing their way though the steps of doing laundry at the laundromat. (2022 / 2 mins / Canada / dir. Martha Grant / in English)
NIMBUS – Nimbus is whimsical story about a worker cloud who lives in Cloud City – an imaginary world in the sky. One day, his somewhat menial daily life is interrupted by a small surprise at work. As his day takes a turn, he finds himself thrown into an entirely new and unexpected world. With its charming characters and a backdrop of epic painted cloudscapes, this film reminds us of the small joys and bits of magic we encounter in our daily lives. (2022 / 5 mins / USA / dir. Rémy Poisson / no dialogue)
EDMOND & LUCY (The Music of Nature) – Meet Edmond, the squirrel, and Lucy, the bear cub, with their daily adventures in the forest: Nature is their best playmate!
Edmond and Lucy are raised as brother and sister in a majestic chestnut tree they call home, a kind of radiant city of the forest. Playing and growing up in the heart of nature, unravelling its mysteries and living adventures in the great outdoors… what a wonderful life! (2021 / 12 mins / France / dir. François Narboux / in English)
NOUNOURS – A baby girl stumbles across a box. In it, she discovers a new friend, a teddy bear. Like a dream, we are transported through moments in their relationship, flashes in time, as the girl begins to run, play, and learn about the world. But as she grows older, the time comes to pack away childish things for good… (2021 / 3 mins / Canada / dir. Lou Rigoudy / French a few English subtitles)
OUR PIGGY – Our piglet is still experiencing some adventure. Discover the magic of vacuum cleaners, wires or the fact that things sometimes buzz. Rediscover the world! (2021 / 4.5 mins / Czech Republic / dir. Jaromír Plachý / no dialogue)
ROBOTS DON’T TELL JOKES – Robot thinks he has a wonderful joke, so he keeps trying to tell it, but none of the other robots ever laugh. They tell him “robots don’t tell jokes…” Will Robot give up on his awesome joke or will he find his tribe? Stop-motion using mainly wood scraps and metal pieces. (2022 / 3.5 mins / USA / dir. Kelli Caldwell / in English)
SUZIE IN THE GARDEN – Suzie bikes with her family to an outdoor area where families garden, play and just relax in nature. Upon finding a key she ventures on to a plot she has never seen before. (2022 / 13 mins / Czech Republic / dir. Lucie Sunková / in English)