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Showing at the Varsity

Family Program

Fri 12:40 PM, Sat 10:10 AM, Sun 10:10 AM


t skip the Family Program just because you don&

t have a child to take as an excuse! These seven short films are geared toward kids but the creativity and quality will engage and challenge all ages. The films include glimpses into magical worlds through animation and documentaries and possibly give children their first taste of independent film and a chance to ask their own questions of the filmmakers in the post film QA.

This Pretty Planet


Running Time: 2 Minutes

Directed by: Darrel Van Citters

This animated short features an impressive use of worldly images. The use of the Earth Day anthem by Tom Chapin adds to the tranquility of the images. Van Citters&

watercolor-like transition from one painting to another is clever.



Running Time: 8 Minutes, 45 Seconds

Directed by: Henry Selick

This could have easily been feature length. In his first attempt with computer generated animation, Selick (&

The Nightmare Before Christmas&

) hits a homerun.

Fun and fanciful, Selick&

s tale of a young boy and his pet squirrel fighting to keep the moon lit is a joyous visual feast. &


never fails with constant inventiveness.

The CG animation is top-notch for such a short film, as is the music by the band They Might be Giants.

Ride of the Mergansers

The Hooded Merganser is a rare and reclusive duck found only in North America. Every spring, in the Great Lakes region, the wary hen lays and incubates her eggs in a nest high in the trees. Just 24 hours after hatching, the tiny ducklings must make the perilous leap to the ground below to begin life in the wild. This age-old rite is rarely observed by humans. 'Ride of the Mergansers' brings this hidden drama to the screen. Filmed entirely in northern Minnesota, 'Ride of the Mergansers' offers a rare glimpse into the secret world of the Hooded Merganser. This short documentary is an unexpected and heartwarming blend of natural history, humor, and suspense. You'll be entertained, educated, and inspired &

and come away with a newfound appreciation of the phrase 'leap of faith.'

The Magic Lion


Running Time: 7 Minutes

Directed by: Charles Githinji

This thought-provoking little film spreads the messages of good things that will happen to those who help others. A young boy helps a trapped lion, who in turn helps him. It is reminiscent of the &

Lion and the Mouse&

fable. &

The Magic Lion&

is animated in a storybook/cutout style.

Read audience responses to films below:

If you've seen the film and wish to add your comments, simply fill out the response form and submit it. This is your chance to be a film critic. All comments will be quickly reviewed before posting. No editing of comments will occur. Comments containing unacceptable language will not be posted.