Young at Heart

From kids TV to Monty Python, British animation has a cheeky side and a playful spirit.  This Anim18 Strand is dedicated to fun, frolicks, and to childhood favourites past and present.  With family-friendly events, special commissions and nostalgic flare, Anim18 will keep you feeling young at heart.

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FILMS

Paddington 2 (2017)

USA/2018/1h 44min/ Dir.  Marc Forster (PG) Settled in with the Brown family, Paddington the bear is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes. One fine day, he spots a pop-up book in an antique shop -- the perfect present for his...

Paddington (2014)

USA/2018/1h 44min/ Dir.  Marc Forster (PG) After a deadly earthquake destroys his home in the Peruvian rainforest, a young bear (Ben Whishaw) makes his way to England in search of a new home. The bear, dubbed "Paddington" for the London train station, finds shelter...

Christopher Robin

USA/2018/1h 44min/ Dir.  Marc Forster (PG) The young boy who loved embarking on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with a band of spirited and loveable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and...

Oska Bright Film Festival Animation Shorts (2017)

UK/2017/41 mins/No Cert/ Dir. Various Carousel helps learning disabled artists develop and manage their creative lives, true to their voice and vision, challenging expectations of what great art is and who can create it. Oska Bright Film...

ICO Box of Delights – Programme 2 (2012)

Various/2012/74 mins/U/Dir. Various Nine award-winning short films from the British Animation Awards, specially selected for 8-12s. An amazing variety of animation techniques from filmmakers around Europe, exploring stories and themes full of creativity and humour.  ...

ICO Box of Delights – Programme 1 (2012)

Various/2012/43 mins/U/Dir. Various Eight award-winning short films from the British Animation Awards, specially selected for 4-7s. A more cheerful collection of stories from around Europe you will not find, full of music, colour and character but no dialogue. A Sunny...

The Big Knights (2015)

UK/2015/70 mins/ U/Dir: Neville / Mark Astley / Baker In the far off land of Borovia, where dragons are fierce, witches are wicked, scientists are insane, the economy is bad and television is in black & white, stands Castle Big: home...

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Japan/2018/103 mins/U/Dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi Young Mary follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest and discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower, a rare plant that blossoms once every seven years. Together, the flower and the broomstick...

Peter Rabbit (2018)

USA/2018/95 mins/PG/Dir. Will Gluck Peter Rabbit and his three sisters -- Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-Tail -- enjoy spending their days in Mr. McGregor's vegetable garden. When one of McGregor's relatives suddenly moves in, he's less than thrilled...

The Last Unicorn (1982)

Images courtesy of Park Circus/ITV USA/1982/84 mins/Dir. Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass In this animated musical, the villainous King Haggard (Christopher Lee) plots to destroy all the world's unicorns. When a young unicorn (Mia Farrow) learns...

Peppa Pig : My First Cinema Experience (2017)

UK/2017/72 mins/Dir. Mark Baker A 72-minute theatrical release comprised of previously unreleased episodes and musical interludes of the animated television series featuring stage-show versions of Peppa Pig and her brother George....

Jungle Book (1967)

Images courtesy of Park Circus/Disney USA/1976/74 mins/Dir.  Wolfgang Reitherman In this classic Walt Disney animation based on Rudyard Kipling's book, Mowgli, an abandoned child raised by wolves, has his peaceful existence threatened by the return of the...

Jungle Book (2016)

  Images courtesy of Park Circus/Disney USA/2016/106 mins/Dir. Jon Favreau Raised by a family of wolves since birth, Mowgli (Neel Sethi) must leave the only home he's ever known when the fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) unleashes his...

Flushed Away (2006)

Photographs © 2007 DreamWorks Animation, LLC and Aardman Animations Ltd. All rights reserved. UK/2006/84 mins/Dir.  David Bowers, Sam Fell After an ignoble landing in Ratropolis, a pampered rodent (Hugh Jackman) enlists the help of a sewer scavenger (Kate...

Hercules (1997)

Images courtesy of Park Circus/Disney USA/ 1997/93 mins./ Dir. Ron Clements, John Musker Disney tackles Greek mythology in this animated feature. Hercules (Tate Donovan), a son of gods, was snatched as a baby by Hades (James Woods) and forced to live among mortals as...

Brave (2012)

Images courtesy of Park Circus/Disney USA/2012/94 mins/ Dir. Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman Disney Pixar brings you the magical, mythical world of the Scottish Highlands. Rebellious Princess Merida doesn’t see why she needs to get married, but her mother insists it is...

Fantastic Mr Fox (2009)

Photographs © 2009 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Indian Paintbrush Productions LLC. All rights reserved. USA/2009/88 mins./(PG)/Dir. Wes Anderson George Clooney and Meryl Streep lend their voices to this hilarious and heartwarming...

The BFG (1989)

UK/1989/88 mins./Dir.  Brian Cosgrove The BFG is a 1989 British animated made-for-television film produced by Cosgrove Hall Films and based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was directed by Brian Cosgrove and written by John Hambley. The film was...

Alice in Wonderland (1988)

Images courtesy of Park Circus/Film4 USA/1988/86 mins/Dir. Jan Švankmajer In Czech director Jan Svankmajer's surreal adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic children's book, Alice (Kristyna Kohoutova) follows her stuffed rabbit through a portal inside her dresser to be...

BFI: A New History of British Animation Part 3

Package 3: Top of the World (1983 – 1998) Title Date Runtime Night Club (Jonathan Hodgson) 1983 6.5 The Victor (Derek Hayes & Phil Austin) 1985 13 Black Dog (Alison De Vere) 1987 18 Feet of Song (Erica Russell) 1988 5.5 Clothes (Osbert Parker) 1988 3 Manipulation...

BFI: A New History of British Animation Part 2

Package 2: British Animation Comes of Age (1952 – 1979) Title Date Runtime Figurehead (Allan Crick) 1952 7 Parents Take Hart (Larkins Studio) 1953 2.5 The Wardrobe (George Dunning) 1958 2 Do it Yourself Cartoon Kit (Biographic) 1959 5.5 Automania 2000...

BFI: A New History of British Animation Part 1

Package 1: The Early Years of British Animation (1907 – 1940) – From Animated Dolls to Adolf Title Date Runtime Sorcerer’s Scissors (Walter Booth) 1907 3 Jealous Doll, or, The Frustrated Elopement 1909 6 Animated Doll and Toy Town Circus (G.A. Smith?)...

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

Images courtesy of Park Circus/Disney USA/1988/104 mins./(PG)/ Dir. Robert Zemeckis Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 American live-action/animated fantasy film directed by Robert Zemeckis, produced by Frank Marshall and Robert Watts, and...

When Marnie Was There (2014)

Japan/2014/103mins/ (U) Dir: Hiromasa Yonebayshi. With: Ava Acres, Kathy Bates, Eric Bauza. When shy Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle for the summer, she discovers an old mansion surrounded by marshes, where she meets Marnie. The two girls...

Wind in the Willows (1987 film)

USA/1987/49 mins./(PG)/Dir. Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. Badger, Rat and Mole are trying to save Toad Hall and its owner, their rich irresponsible airhead playboy friend Toad, from himself, as well as financial ruin, the court and a gang of conspiratorial weasels who...

Winnie the Pooh (2011)

Images courtesy of Park Circus/Disney USA/2011/73 mins./(U)/ Dir. Stephen Anderson,Don Hall During an ordinary day in Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh sets out to find some honey. Misinterpreting a note from Christopher Robin, Owl convinces Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet,...

Song of the Sea (2014)

Images courtesy of Park Circus/StudioCanal Ireland/2015/93mins/(PG)/ Dir. Tomm Moore. With: David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, Lisa Hannigan. Saoirse, a little girl who can turn into a seal, goes on an adventure with her brother to save the spirit...

Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

UK/2018/86 mins/(U)/Dir. John Stevenson With Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Johnny Depp After a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, Gnomeo & Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case of their missing friends...

Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)

Images courtesy of Park Circus/StudioCanal UK/2014/93 mins./(U)/ Dir.  Richard Starzak, Mark Burton Join Shaun, Bitzer and The Flock on their hilarious, action-packed adventure as they make plans to rescue the missing Farmer. A story about how...

The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

Japan/2010/95 mins./(U)/ Dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi The Secret World of Arrietty, about a teeny-size 14-year-old girl who lives with her family beneath the floorboards of a big house and the human-size boy who befriends her, is adapted from British author Mary Norton’s...

The Secret of Kells (2009)

Images courtesy of Park Circus/StudioCanal Ireland/2009/75 mins./ (PG)/ Dir. Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey Brendan lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from the barbarian raid. But a new life of adventure beckons when a celebrated master...

The Tigger Movie (2000)

Images courtesy of Park Circus/Disney USA/2000/77 mins./(U)/ Dir. Jun Falkenstein Feature-length adventure for Winnie the Pooh's ever-bouncing companion. Tigger is just getting in the way when Pooh, Piglet, Roo, Rabbit and Owl try to prepare a home for their doleful...

The Iron Giant (1999)

USA/1999/83mins/(U) Dir: Brad Bird. With: Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Harry Connick Jr. A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy. BRITISH CONNECTION  The Iron Giant is based upon the 1968 story,'Iron...

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (2012)

© 2012 Sony Pictures Animation Inc. All Rights Reserved. UK/2012/ 88 mins./ (U) Dir. Peter Lord In The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain -- a boundlessly...

Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986)

Japan/1986/126 mins./(PG) Dir. Hayao Miyazaki Laputa: Castle in the Sky is a 1986 Japanese animated adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki that marked the cinematic feature debut of Studio Ghibli. It follows the adventures of a young boy and girl...

James and the Giant Peach (1996)

UK/1996/89mins/U. Dir: Henry Selick. With: Paul Terry, Joanna Lumley, Richard Dreyfuss James’ happy life at the English seaside is abruptly ended when his parents are killed by a rogue rhinoceros and he goes to live with his two horrid aunts. Daringly saving the life...

Howl’s Moving Castle (2006)

Japan/2004/119mins/U. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki. With: Emily Mortimer, Jean Simmons, Christian Bale. Sophie works in a hat-shop, humbly believing herself to be plain, until her life is turned upside down when she is rescued from two boorish soldiers by Howl, a notorious...

Ethel & Ernest(2016)

Wales/2016/94mins/PG. Dir: Roger Mainwood. With: Pam Ferris, Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn. A hand-drawn animated film from Cardiff-based Cloth Cat studio, based on the award-winning graphic novel by Raymond Briggs. An affectionate depiction of the lives of Briggs’...

Early Man (2018)

UK/2018/PG Dir: Nick Park With voices of: Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Richard Ayoade, Timothy Spall, Johnny Vegas Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along...

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

Motion Picture © 2005 Aardman Animations Ltd. All rights reserved. UK/2005/85mins/(U) Dir: Steve Box. Voices: Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham Carter In this Aadrman classic Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind...

Chicken Run (2000)

Photographs © 2000 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All rights reserved. UK/ 2000/84 mins. Dir. Peter Lord, Nick Park A claymation spoof of classic prison-camp flicks like "The Great Escape." One of the birds hatches a plot to fly the coop at Tweedy's...

The BFG (2016)

USA/2016/117 mins./ Dir. Steven Spielberg The BFG tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other...

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

Orginal Title: Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed /Germany/1926/66mins. Dir. Lotte Reiniger The Adventures of Prince Achmed is based on tales from The Arabian Nights and still stands as one of the great classics of animation — witty, lively, delicate, inventive,...

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As part of Anim18, Kotatsu Festival will be tracing the British stories in Japanese animation with a programme of screenings and accompanying activity. Visit the Kotatsu website for the latest info.