YOUNG WORLD

The wonderful, wonderful world of animation

MINI ANTHIKAD-CHHIBBER

DELICIOUS DELIGHTS: Stills from some of the films shown at the Children's International Film Festival

DELICIOUS DELIGHTS: Stills from some of the films shown at the Children's International Film Festival  

In the darkened hall at the 14th International Children's Film Festival, there was pin drop silence as the wily wolf tried to barbecue the hapless chicken in Delirious Tales - I. The hall erupted in cheers as the elephant came to the rescue. The eight-minute animated feature from France told three stories putting three animals from the farm, forest and jungle together.

Anything is possible in the wonderful world of animation. As was revealed in Listen, Rabbit... Daddy Goes to London. In this film from Latvia, a little girl wishes to go with her father to London. And nothing, not even the smallest suitcase can stop her. She squeezes herself into the suitcase and goes on the adventure of her lifetime.

It was fairyland revisited in the marvellous tales of Hans Christian Anderson. Stories by the master from Denmark have been translated into countless languages and media. At the film festival, animated versions of three stories, Thumbelina - about the thumb-sized girl, The Emperor's New Clothes and The Little Mermaid, who paid a terrible price to be like humans, were screened.

The wonderful, wonderful world of animation

As companion pieces, two traditional fairy tales, Cinderella and Goldilocks and the Three Bears were also screened. While popular Hollywood animated features like Sharks Tale and Antz were screened, the eight films screened under the Estonian package cast a wondrous spell on the viewers. The films represented different kinds of animation.

Elbert Tuganov, considered the father of puppet animation, made The Tradesman and the Monkeys. The Gnome's Tree is directed by Rao Heidmets, who worked in 3D-cut animation. The ten-minute film, tells the story set in the world of ice and snow. It is Christmas time and the elves and dwarfs are hard at work fashioning presents for children around the world out of ice.

The wonderful, wonderful world of animation

A naughty fox tries to steal the presents but his plan is foiled by an alert dwarf and two toys who magically come alive.

The retrospective of Jannik Hastrup, the grand old man of Danish animation, was a delight. Preferring to work with CelAction, a 2D animation software, Hastrup's Circleen series about the little elf who lives in a matchbox is immensely popular. For the retrospective, Circleen - Mice and Romance, where Circleen and her friends set about celebrating Cindermouse's birthday and The boy who wanted to be a bear where a little boy brought up by a polar bear goes in search of his destiny were screened.

The wonderful, wonderful world of animation

Like Hastrup commented to make a children's film, one has to find the child within oneself and what better way of giving it life than in the varied hues of animation.