The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled an international selection of films as part of this year’s TIFF Kids program, including world premieres for Finding Nemo 3D and Hotel Transylvania. Here’s the announcement:
This family-friendly lineup opens a world of cultural perspectives for young festival-goers, presenting extraordinary stories of family, friendship, love and acceptance. The programme boasts several world premieres, stunning 3D presentations and remarkable book adaptations including a special screening of an Academy Award®winning animated classic for the entire family. This years selection includes an all-star cast of talent, gorgeous animation and breathtakingly beautiful cinematography for the coming-of-age cinephile.
Ernest & Célestine Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar, Stéphane Aubier, France/Belgium/Luxembourg North American Premiere
Giant bears and tiny mice dont tend to mingle much, but when Ernest and Célestine cross paths, the two become inseparable friends and embark on an adventure of a lifetime.
Finding Nemo 3D Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, USA/Australia World Premiere
Academy Award-winning film Finding Nemo returns to the big screen in thrilling Disney Digital 3D for the first time ever. Teeming with memorable comedic characters and heartfelt emotion, this stunning underwater adventure follows the momentous journey of an overprotective clownfish named Marlin (Albert Brooks) and his young son Nemo (Alexander Gould) who become separated in the Great Barrier Reef when Nemo is unexpectedly taken far from his ocean home to a fish tank in a dentists office. Buoyed by the companionship of Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), a friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish, Marlin embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic effort to rescue his son who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home.
Hotel Transylvania Genndy Tartakovsky, USA World Premiere
Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Draculas lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the worlds most famous monsters Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more to celebrate his daughter Mavis 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis. A considerable portion of animation on Sony Pictures Animations Hotel Transylvania was completed out of the newly-expanded Sony Pictures Imageworks offices in Vancouver.
Igor & the Cranes’ Journey Evgeny Ruman, Israel/Poland/Germany World Premiere
During his involuntary migration from Russia to Israel, 11-year-old Igor faces many challenges, just like the baby crane Igor observed hatching while he was still together with his dad in Russia. Their close and caring watch over the crane’s journey helps both father and son accomplish their adventure!
All films are rated. Special child pricing applies. Purchase Festival ticket packages online 24 hours a day at tiff.net/festival, by phone Monday to Friday from 10am to 7pm ET at 416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433, or by visiting the box office in person from 10am to 10pm ET at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The 37th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 6 to 16, 2012.
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