On Father’s Day, GKIDS Presents Five Essential Family Films
On this special day there are so many ways to celebrate your father figure. Looking for the one thing that will mean the most to him is not an easy task, and it can sometimes be tough to find the right words to let dad know just how much he means to you. We’re here to remind you that quality time is just as impactful as trying to find a present. A day of relaxation and time with the people he loves most is the perfect gift for any dad!
Here are five films sure to keep you and your loved one company on Father’s Day.
The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales
From the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated Ernest & Celestine comes another hilarious, heartwarming tale of animal misfits. Nothing is predictable in the countryside and The Big Bad Fox reminds us just that when the titular big bad Fox ends up stuck with a rowdy trio of chicks. Maybe the big bad fox is not so big and bad when he ends up caring for the chicks instead of turning them into his next meal. For a family gathering of all ages, The Big Bad Fox is a lighthearted film that’s sure to keep everyone laughing. The English cast features a star-studded cast including Bill Bailey, Adrian Edmondson, Justin Edwards, Matthew Goode, Celia Imrie, Phill Jupitus, and Giles New.
This Academy Award®-nominated film from Nora Twomey and Cartoon Saloon follows the incredible journey of Parvana. When her father is arrested by the Taliban, Parvana must give up everything for the sake of her family’s survival. Parvana is able to confront the many challenges her family faces through the strength of the imaginative stories and the gentle wisdom imparted by her father. For an emotional, heartfelt night, be sure to pick up The Breadwinner.
Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Films Theatre, Volume 1
Modest Heroes is an ambitious anthology of three thrilling tales created by some of the greatest talents working in Japanese animation today. In the short Kanini and Kanino, directed by Oscar®-nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi, a pair of young crab siblings set out to find their father after he gets swept away by a river current. Kanini and Kanino embark on a journey through dangerous waters, full of predatory creatures, in order to find their dad. With three gorgeous fantasy worlds in this collection, we recommend Modest Heroes for those seeking a breathtaking movie night!
Boy and the World
Brazilian artist Alê Abreu’s Academy Award®-nominated masterpiece depicts the wonders and struggles of the modern world as seen through the eyes of a young boy. Cuca lives a cozy, blissful life in the beautiful countryside with his parents, who shield him from their family’s mounting financial woes. One day when his father leaves on a train to the city to find work, Cuca goes on a journey to find him. With nothing but a family photo and his love for his father, Cuca starts his adventure through the large industrialized city. For something that is vibrant and thought-provoking with an environmental message, there is no better film than Boy and the World.
From acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children) and Japan’s Studio Chizu, the Academy Award®-nominated Mirai is a daringly original story of love passed down through generations. The story of the film is inspired by Hosoda’s children, and highlights his son’s authentic emotions when he learns what it means to be an older brother. In an interview with Variety, Mamoru Hosoda shares a revelation that many families around the world may relate to: “Life is all about longing to be loved, wandering around to find love, and accepting others to gain love. That’s what I learned from my three-year-old son.” If you’re looking for a film that will have the whole family reminiscing and sharing fond memories, Mirai will not disappoint.
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