Top 5 Reasons to go to NYICFF 2014!

This week tickets went on sale for the New York International Children’s Film Festival 2014. Since 2010, Samurai Beat Radio been bring coverage of NYICFF, including our interview with Tomm Moore, director of the Oscar nominated film, The Secret of Kells.

This year’s festival is extra special and we’re going to give you the Top 5 Reasons,
why you need to attend!

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Number # 5- Aunt Hilda!- France

French animation makes an encore splash, as Jacques-Remy Girerd, creator of A Cat in Paris and Mia and the Migoo returns to NYICFF with his latest hand-drawn gem, Aunt Hilda!

Number # 4- Patema Inverted- Japan

The new feature from Time of Eve director Yasuhiro Yoshiura is a perspective-twisting sci-fi adventure about two kids separated by opposite gravities

Number # 3- Laika: Behind the Magic-US

Heads up future animators! This event is for you. Experience the magic of stop-motion through a rare behind-the-scenes presentation from LAIKA studios – creators of the Academy Award®-nominated Coraline and ParaNorman. LAIKA’s Mark Shapiro will give insights into the intricate stop-motion animation process, using footage of time-lapse production, exclusive clips of LAIKA animators at work, and a demonstration using the actual character models from of the movies. Then put your newfound stop-motion knowledge to work during a complete screening of the film Coraline and an exclusive look at the upcoming LAIKA feature The Boxtrolls. After the films there will be an audience Q&A.

Number #2- Oscar-Nominated: Ernest & Celestine- France

Ernest & Celestine kicked off last year’s NYICFF opening ceremony. After it’s nomination for best animated feature film, Ernest & Celestine returns in a new English language version, featuring the voices of: Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, and Jeffrey Wright. The audience will also have to opportunity for a Q&A with the films director, Benjamin Renner.

Last, but not least,

NUMBER #1- Muppets Most Wanted- Special Sneak Preview

NYICFF is thrilled to present a special sneak preview screening of Disney’s, Muppets Most Wanted. That’s right folks, see The Muppets before they hit theaters- need we say more!


The Simpsons’ pay tribute to Miyazaki

East has influenced as West, as tonight’s episode of The Simpsons’  will be “Spirited Away”. The sequence below is a lovely farewell tribute to legendary Japanese animator/director, Hayao Miyazaki.This past Summer, Miyazaki
announced his retirement and that his final film will be The Wind Rises.

The Simpsons have put their own personal touch on a outstanding homage to all the Studio Ghibli classic. From Homer stumbling the Spirited Away streets to Otto as,The Cat Bus from My Neighbor Totoro., and of course there’s Ralph Wiggum gender-bending as Ponyo, and Patty and Selma double as, Kiki the witch, from Kiki’s Delivery Service. How many references to Miyazaki films can you spot? Check out this annotated version from Slate, if you’d need a guide.

There have been questions as to: What the Skinner-kite represents? Fox officials says it’s just a touch a whimsy, but we gather it’s a hint at The Wind Rises, which be will released to US theaters in February.

Tune in to The Simpsons- Tonight at 8pm EST.

-Sara Barton