Saturday, February 23, 2013

The New York International Children's Film Festival starts Friday

This will be your last full scale reminder until the reviews start flooding in next weekend that the NYICFF is about to start all over Manhattan. The festival starts Friday.

Tickets are selling fast so if you want to go get the tickets now at G-Kids.

I’ll be wading into the festival with stops at the Opening night, short films all day Saturday the 2nd and a triple feature on the final day of the festival. There are also going to be a couple of stops in between. I’d be going to more but I’ve already seen a number of the films: Zarafra, The Painting, Welcome to the Space Show and Up on Poppy Hill.

A word about Poppy Hill (which is selling so well they have to keep adding screenings). As I’ve said I’ve seen it in it’s original Japanese version. I review will be coming in just over a week but I did want to say I loved it. I think it’s one of the best films that have come out of Studio Ghibli in a very long time. It’s a wonderful coming of age/ romance that probably is going to go over the heads of the little ones in the audience since it’s more akin to Ocean Waves or Whisper of the Heart than Kiki, Ponyo or Tortoro. It's a great great film and if you want to see a charming film act now because tickets are going fast. (On the other hand the film is scheduled to open about the same time in theaters)

Lastly I know some of you are wondering about Meet the Small Potatoes. This hour long feature is playing the festival and yet it seems to have just premiered on Disney Junior…. Well here’s the skinny direct from Eric Beckman, you know the guy who throws the T-shirts into the audience at most of the screenings: The version being shown at the NYICFF is a different cut of the film. This is the version of the film that the filmmakers intended. If you are seeing it on Disney you’re not seeing the whole thing. (Randi has seen the Disney version and she has informed me it’s a lot of fun, especially for big people who will get all the references and in jokes)

That's it for now. Expect reviews starting next weekend - now it’s up to you to go buy tickets.

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