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Animal Crackers

An international program of animated shorts for very young children. Leo the Late Bloomer, based on the book by Robert Kraus, is a heartwarming parable about patience, as a father tiger worries over a young son who hasn't yet learned to read, write, or draw. In his Canadian short Cuckoo, Mr. Edgar!, Pierre M. Trudeau uses computer animation to create a sunny, bucolic world where a wooden cuckoo, living in a clock on the side of a cliff, inherits three eggs and becomes surrogate parent to three rambunctious chicks. Pete's a Pizza, narrated by Chevy Chase, is a whimsical vignette about a father's creative effort to snap his son out of his rainy-day funk; the wispy shapes lend it a buoyant feeling. In Co Hoedeman's deft, whimsical Ludovic: A Crocodile in My Garden a teddy-bear boy arranges a picnic with his collection of paper animals, but mischievous origami critters, including a red crocodile and several monkeys, wreak havoc in his backyard. In Island of the Skog a group of mice, tired of being bullied by other animals, cast off in a toy ship to search for an idyllic island; codirectors Don Duga and Irra Verbitsky maintain the spirit of Steven Kellogg's memorable book, a fable about tolerance and acceptance. On the same program, shorts from France, Germany, Iran, and the Czech Republic.


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