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WISCONSIN FILM FESTIVAL Big Screens, Little Folks Study Guide


Shorter and Sweeter: Short films for Grades K – 2 TITLE

DIRECTOR

COUNTRY YEAR MIN. TRAILER

Two Trams

Svetlana Andrianova

Russia

2017

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https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=UsSLUqZXx4s

Trunky The Pocket Man

Ekaterina Filippova

Russia

2017

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https://vimeo.com/242357381

Ana Chubinidze

France

2017

8

https://www.youtube.com/ watch?time_continue=13&v=ldbnQn_uXU

The Pitts Konigiri-Kun Sportsday Penguin

Mike Hayhurst

USA

2017

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Mari Miyazawa

Japan

2017

5

Julia Ocker

Germany

2018

4

https://www.berlinale.de/en/ programm/berlinale_programm/ datenblatt.php?film_ id=201819583#tab=video25

Spider Web

Natalia Chernysheva

Russia

2016

4

https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=iNXv78RwsSM

In a Cage

Loïc Bruyère

France

2016

6

https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=O8N258p_44k

Funny Fish

Krishna Nair

France

2018

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https://www.youtube.com/ watch?time_continue=3&v=CwO2QuOTEk

Elephant Driven

Julia Ocker

Germany

2018

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Julie Zammarchi

USA

2016

4

http://www.juliezammarchi. com/#/driven/

The Bookmobile

Julie Zammarchi

USA

2016

4

http://www.juliezammarchi. com/#/bookmobile/

The Art of Cooking Ant

Stella Raith

Germany

2017

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Julia Ocker

Germany

2018

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Feature Film for Grades 3 – 5

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TITLE

DIRECTOR

COUNTRY YEAR MIN. TRAILER

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

Patrick Imbert, Benjamin Renner

France

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TWO TRAMS Dva tramvaya

Svetlana Andrianova Director

Russia, 2017 10 min. Animation Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsSLUqZXx4s

SYNOPSIS Two city trams serve local citizens and drive them to their chosen destinations. While in the beginning the younger needs the help of the older, this will change over the course of their years together.

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TRUNKY Хоботёнок

Ekaterina Filippova Director

Russia, 2017 6 min. Animation Russian with English subtitles Trailer https://vimeo.com/242357381

SYNOPSIS All’s well that ends well, even if it is not easy being the smallest elephant with the biggest trunk. Laughed at in the beginning, he saves the day in this Russian animated musical short.

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THE POCKET MAN

Le Petit Bonhomme de poche

Ana Chubinidze Director

France 2016 8 min. Animation Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=13&v=ld-bnQn_uXU

SYNOPSIS When he makes friends with a blind man, the miniature pocket man realizes that acts of kindness come in all shapes and sizes.

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THE PITTS Mike Hayhurst Director

USA 2017 3 min. Animation

SYNOPSIS Being green is not always easy, but it all works out in this charming quest for finding your other half.

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KONIGIRI-KUN: SPORTSDAY Mari Miyazawa Director

Japan 2017 5 min. Stop Motion Animation

SYNOPSIS Mari Miyazawa’s sushi animation brings to life the adventures of a rice ball and her pet broccoli. (The 2017 Wisconsin Film Festival Shorter and Sweeter program featured Konigiri-Kun and the 2016 Wisconsin Film Festival featured Little Rice Balls.) While in awe of ninja’s, Konigiri-Kun disagrees with them when they simply try to steal the Sportsday medal. One has to earn it, not steal it!

MOVIE MATH ACTIVITY Stop motion animation uses models placed in a scene, which are moved tiny amounts, with an image being taken after each move. Then, they’re moved again, and another image is taken. Usually, there are 24 images (or frames) per second of animation we see on screen. Ask students to investigate this question in pairs: • Konigiri-Kun:

Sportsday is 5 minutes long. How many seconds is that? • If every second is made up of 24 separate images or frames, how many images would the animators have had to photograph to create the whole film?

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PENGUIN Pinguin

Julia Ocker Director

Germany 2018 4 min. Animation Trailer

https://www.berlinale.de/en/programm/berlinale_programm/datenblatt.php?film_ id=201819583#tab=video25

SYNOPSIS A frigid social gathering is transformed into a jolly party when a penguin waiter drops a glacé cherry and sets off a chain reaction.

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SPIDER WEB Pautinka

Natalia Chernysheva Director

Russia 2016 4 min. Animation Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNXv78RwsSM

SYNOPSIS A relationship between a knitting woman and an impressed spider turns from hostility to a more or less-legged happy end.

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IN A CAGE La Cage

Loïc Bruyère Director

France 2016 6 min. Animation Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8N258p_44k

SYNOPSIS A big bear is trapped in a cage and can’t sing. He meets a little bird who can, but can’t fly. Their friendship will help them to overcome their disabilities. The following activities were created by Lynsey Dick for the Discovery Film Festival, Scotland’s International Film Festival for Young Audiences. These are some of the excerpts for this specific film. http://www.discoveryfilmfestival.org.uk/resources/item/shorts-for-wee-ones-resourcepack

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Before Visiting the Cinema Show the children the trailer for the film. This can be found at:

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/lacage The trailer is very short and may need to be watched several times. Ask the children to lookout for the characters that feature in the trailer. Think pair and share what characters they see. Go back and ask them to check off all the characters to see if they missed any.

Questions for discussion

• Who are the main characters? • Is there anything unusual about the characters? • Where do they think the bear and bird are? • Why do they think the bird and bear are friends?

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After Watching the Film

Discussion questions

• Why did the mother bird leave the chick

Task One This film has very little dialogue in it which allows the children to be creative in what the characters are saying to one another.

behind?

• How did the bear feel having the chick as a friend?

• Have you ever had a friend that was a bit different to you?

Show them this still of the film. Get them to think pair, share their ideas about what each character is saying. They could take turns in taking on the roles of each character and could act out what they would say. Take feedback and display their ideas on the interactive white board, for older classes and more able children they could write their ideas down to remind them when completing the task later.

This still is of the bird and bear first realizing that the bird can finally fly.

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Task Two This film subtly shows different emotions from both the characters. They find themselves thrown together but very quickly realize that the relationship is beneficial to both of them.

Ask the children to think back to how each character felt at different points during the film:

• The bear is surprised when the bird stays with him

• The bird is glad that the bear provides shelter, warmth safety from the weather

• The pair have lots of fun when the bird is bouncing on the bears stomach

• There is a mutual acceptance of each other the bear can’t sing but the bird can

• The bear is hurt when the bird leaves him • However, the bear is rescued and taken away by the birds

Some of these are quite complex emotions. Discuss these difference scenes with the children and encourage them to expand their emotional vocabulary. Use some stills to help them focus on specific emotions. The children can create graffiti boards with different emotions on them to accompany each still. This could be done in pairs, co-operative learning groups or individually.

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FUNNY FISH Drôle de poisson

Krishna Nair

Post Screening Discussion

France 2018

We saw two different kinds of communities in Funny Fish.

Director

7 min. Animation Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_

continue=3&v=Cw-O2QuOTEk

SYNOPSIS A school of fish comes to the rescue of a red fish floating on the surface of the water in the middle of the ocean. They try to do everything they can to help it come back into the water. Will they succeed?

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• How were these communities similar? How were they different?

• In what ways are these communities like your communities? In what ways are they different?

• How do community members help one another? What do you do to help your community?


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ELEPHANT Elefant

Julia Ocker Director

Germany 2018 4 min. Animation

SYNOPSIS An elephant is truly amazed when he realizes that his trunk is not only good for drinking water.

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DRIVEN Julie Zammarchi Director

USA 2016 4 min. Animation Website and Trailer http://www.juliezammarchi.com/#/driven/

SYNOPSIS In 2015, Wendell Scott became the first African American inducted in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. His son, Frank, remembers what it took for his father to cross the finish line at race-tracks throughout the South.

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THE BOOKMOBILE Julie Zammarchi Director:

USA 2016 4 min. Animation Website and Trailer http://www.juliezammarchi.com/#/bookmobile/

SYNOPSIS Native American Storm Reyes shares her stories of her difficult childhood working on farms, picking fruit and remembers the day a bookmobile unexpectedly arrived and opening up new worlds to her.

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THE ART OF COOKING Kochkunst

Stella Raith Director

Germany 2017 4 min. Animation

SYNOPSIS A cook gets surprised when his homemade pancake doesn’t want to return to the pan.

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ANT

Ameise

Julia Ocker Director

Germany 2018 4 min. Animation

SYNOPSIS In an ant hill every ant has its task and follows the rules, but what if one wise guy finds that boring and decides to do things differently?

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Feature Film for Grades 3 – 5

THE BIG BAD FOX & OTHER TALES Le grand méchant Renard et autres contes…

Patrick Imbert & Benjamin Renner Directors

France 2017 80 min. Animation In French with English Subtitles Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3QkSzpNGW8

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SYNOPSIS The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales unfolds as

a play with three acts (“A Baby to Deliver,” “The Big, Bad Fox,” and “The Perfect Christmas”) that are all infused with the wit and sophisticated humor of Benjamin Renner and Jean Regnaud, co-animation director. In “A Baby to Deliver,” Rabbit, Duck, and their friend Pig are asked by Stork to return a human baby to its parents. In “The Big Bad Fox,” fox is persuaded by a wolf to steal a hen’s eggs. He plans to eat them when they hatch… but he’s in for a big surprise. In “The Perfect Christmas,” Rabbit and Duck believe they accidentally killed Santa Claus. They decide to take his place, delivering presents to everyone with very funny consequences. With beautiful hand-drawn 2-D animation, the three interlocking stories offer a sensitive and beautiful portrayal of family and the anxieties of modern life.

The film The Big Bad Fox is based on Benjamin Renner’s comic book of the same name. The following article from the Comic Alliance website describes Renner’s inspiration http://comicsalliance.com/benjamin-rennerbig-bad-fox/. “Families come in all shapes and sizes, but The Big Bad Fox, an upcoming graphic novel by cartoonist Benjamin Renner, features a configuration that you’re unlikely to find in nature. It’s about a fox who steals some chicken eggs in the hope of a meal, but is imprinted upon and embraced by the chicks who hatch from those eggs, forcing him to become a surrogate parent to creatures he’d prefer to see as prey. We have an exclusive reveal of the book’s cover and Renner sent us a delightfully illustrated account of how he came up with the idea, which you can read.”

But they are also full of memorable laugh out loud gags with a Looney Tunes feel.

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Renner’s Story

The story of the Big Bad Fox came in my head when I was 7 years old. I was visiting a barn and saw some eggs in an incubator. I wanted to see them hatch, but my father told me that the new born chicken would think I’m their mother if I happened to be the first thing they would see. At the time, I didn’t feel ready to be a single mom, but the anecdote stayed in my mind. Later I started to think what would have happened if a human had to raise little chickens. Should he teach them how to act as a chicken?

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Or would they have learned how to act as a human? I then saw some videos that really blew my mind, proving that this kind of thing really happen in the wild. You can see it here. Step by step I created this story of a fox, too weak to eat a hen, so he decides to steal eggs in order to eat the chicks, not knowing that they will think he is their mother...

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FILM MAKERS’ BIOS from the Tortonto International Film Festival [TIFF]

https://www.tiff.net/tiff/the-big-bad-fox-other-tales/

Benjamin Renner

Patrick Imbert

Director

Director

Benjamin Renner is the director of the short A Mouse’s Tale (08) and the feature Ernest & Celestine (12), which was nominated for an Academy Award. The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales (17) is his second feature as director, and is based on his comics of the same name.

Patrick Imbert is a French cartoonist who has worked as an animation director on the films The 3 Wise Men (03), Ernest & Celestine (12), and April and the Extraordinary World (15). The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales (17) is his feature directorial debut.

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ARTICLES ABOUT THE FILM AIF Chats The Creators of ‘The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales’ Discuss the Craft Behind Cuteness French animators Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert on the fairytale feel to their all ages feature film. https://dotandline.net/big-bad-fox-and-other-tales-interview-63511e4287ac

AWN Animation World Network:

‘The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales’ Gives a Light-hearted Take on Life on the Farm” https://www.awn.com/animationworld/big-bad-fox-and-other-tales-gives-light-hearted-take-lifefarm

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ISIS AND OSIRIS Crestwood Elementary Fourth Grade Director

USA 2017 8 min. Stop Motion Animation

SYNOPSIS The Fourth Grade class of Madison’s Crestwood Elementary school brings an ancient Egyptian myth to charmingly irreverent life through hand-drawn block-print characters and an unforgettable original score created by Crestwood’s Fifth Grade class. Teacher Luke Bassuener and Crestwood students will lead a stop motion animation workshop along with the Madison Public Library for the Wisconsin Film Festival on Saturday, April 7 at 11:15 am at Union South. Crestwood’s 2017 Fourth Grade class won a 2017 Golden Badger Award at the Festival for their animated film, Daedelus and Icarus.

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THE LEGEND OF ISIS AND OSIRIS From Ancient Egypt for Kids

http://egypt.mrdonn.org/isis-osiris.html

Once upon a time, a long time ago when the earth was new and everything was just beginning, the earth was covered with water. An egg floated on the water, just one egg. When that egg hatched, Ra was born. Ra did not want to spend his time floating around, doing nothing, so he flew into the sky and became the sun.

Ra dried up much of the water and made the land. Ra was lonely, so he made a wife. He named her Nut. Ra made many gods and goddesses to keep him company. He put them all to work. His children were very busy running the world. Still, they took time out to have children, because children were glorious things to have! Soon, there were many gods and goddesses. Ra was the father or the grandfather or the great-grandfather of them all!

All children are glorious, but to Ra, one child was especially important. That child was his grandson, Osiris. Osiris had a brother named Set. Ra thought Set was okay, I suppose, but his favorite by far was Osiris. To show Osiris how much he was loved, Ra made Osiris the first Pharaoh of Egypt. Osiris married Isis, his one true love, and the king (Osiris) and queen (Isis) settled down quite happily with their son (prince) Horus.

Set was terribly jealous. Why should Osiris be named Pharaoh and not him? In a fit of anger, Set killed his brother Osiris, and chopped him into little pieces. He threw the pieces into the Nile River. Set was sure he would get away this murder. But you know how rumors spread. Isis soon heard what Set had done.

Isis managed to gather the pieces of her beloved Osiris. She brought these pieces to her good friend Anubis, the jackal-headed god. Anubis was very clever.

He managed to put the pieces of Osiris together again. But he did not have the power to bring him back to life, so that Osiris could retake his place beside his beloved Isis, and rule Egypt as king.

When the great Ra heard about it, he was furious. He gave Osiris a new job, an even better job. He made Osiris the god of the dead, which was the most important job of all. Osiris could rule over the land of the dead, and be dead himself. In fact, he would have to be dead to enter the land of the dead. So things worked out very well, or so Ra believed.

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When the young prince Horus heard what his uncle Set had done, although he was still only a boy, he tracked down his uncle Set and murdered him.

Questions:

1. What makes the legend of Osiris and Isis a creation story?

2. According to legend, why does the Nile rise? 3. Why did Pharaohs in ancient Egypt carry

Isis was grateful to her friend Anubis, and to her son Horus, and to her grandfather Ra. But nothing anyone could do would bring Osiris back to her. He would dwell forever in the land of the dead, and she would live forever in the land of the living. Isis knew that she would never see her beloved husband again.

In honor of the god Osiris, the kings (pharaohs) of Egypt carry a crook and a flail, the signs of Osiris. The crook especially became the sign of rulers. The crook looked a great deal like a snake and was made out of wood. They used wood because wood was scarce. That made it even more special.

From then on, and even today, once each year Isis travels to the riverbank. Remembering, and dreaming, tears fall from her eyes. That is why the Nile River rises each year, to bring life to everyone and everything along the Nile. When Isis cries, the Nile will rise! And that is a very important thing.

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the crook and the flail?


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Big Screens, Little Folks Study Guide 2018 - Part Two  

This study guide reflects the 20th Annual Wisconsin Film Festival's children's cinema programming and serves as a resource for students and...

Big Screens, Little Folks Study Guide 2018 - Part Two  

This study guide reflects the 20th Annual Wisconsin Film Festival's children's cinema programming and serves as a resource for students and...