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We are all incredibly excited for many cinemas around the country to open their doors to audiences again in mid-May but, here at Into Film, we believe that the capacity for film to entertain and educate has never truly disappeared.
This week we'd like to highlight a new science-fiction animation for families arriving on Netflix as well as showcasing a number of excellent animated short films from around Europe, available to view for anyone who has a free Into Film account.
Produced by animators and filmmakers Lord & Miller, who have been responsible for some of the most popular animations of the last decade (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, The Lego® Movie and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) comes this family-oriented animation that takes an unexpected sci-fi twist.
The Mitchells are a dysfunctional family that decide to take one last road trip together before their daughter heads off to college. Struggling to find a connection with each other due to their over-reliance on technology, their world is suddenly turned upside down when they find themselves in the midst of a robot uprising. Wacky, colourful and packed to the brim with jokes, The Mitchells and the Machines also has some insightful things to say about family, growing up and technology's role in modern society.
First off, an unconventional yet endearing animation from Spain, I'm Not Scared of the Crocodile, which sees the narrator and animator at war with his characters, especially the strange little crocodile at the center. Next up is Senses, a gorgeous animation from a group of six students in France, that tracks the dual lives of two men during their morning routine; one of these men lives without colour and the other without sound but, due to a cheeky frog, their two worlds are about to collide.
Staying in France for now with Louis' Shoes, we are introduced to Louis, an 8-year-old autistic boy who is introducing himself to his new class for the first time. Told entirely from Louis' perspective, with the animated style depicting his experience of the world as an autistic person, this is an inclusive film for all ages. And lastly we end up in Germany with Family Bonds, a thoughtful and sweet film about Hugo, a little fox who has geese for a mother and father. When an encounter with another fox has Hugo questioning his identity, his parents prove that their love for him is far more important than their difference in appearance.
A story about a crocodile who doesn’t want to eat other animals but would rather take up hobbies instead… apparently.
Age group7–14 years
A split-screen animation about two men: one who is in a world without colour while the other lives in a place without sound.
Age group7–16 years
An autistic eight-year-old boy introduces himself to his new school class.
Age group7–14 years
Our film guides are built to aid educators in the classroom or at home, using a framework of discussion points and activities for young people to consider films in new and invigorating ways. Here are four new film guides around the theme Animations to get stuck into at home or with your film clubs. From classic Pixar CGI animation to popular British stop-motion these film guides can be used for targeted lessons or for a wider appreciation of film.
A film guide that looks at Monsters, Inc. (2001), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
A film guide that looks at A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
We have also been curating fresh film lists on all kinds of themes and subjects across the curriculum and what better way to learn a new language, or refresh yourself with an old one, than to immerse yourself in storytelling and, specifically, cinema. This week we take a look at the world of comic and graphic novel adaptations. With a focus that moves beyond superhero films, the films here are notably varied and challenging but all equally mesmerising.
To celebrate the release of The Croods 2: A New Age, in cinemas July 16, download our multi-curricular resource for ages 5-11, and enter our Croods competition.
Reading time 3 mins
A film list exploring the various types of stop motion animation.
Suitable forAll ages
No. of films11
Teacher Grace Eardley explores how using film and the Into Film offer can inspire those with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders).
Reading time 6 mins
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