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Famous Voices: Who You'll Hear at this Year's TIFF Kids International Film Festival
If you've every watched an animated movie and thought "Hey, I know that voice..."
You may find yourself enjoying one of the many animated films in this year’s TIFF Kids programme and think to yourself: “Hey, I know that voice.”
Complementing incredible stop motion and illustrated animation, some of Hollywood’s most attractive and talented faces lend their distinctive voices to bring these stories to life.
ELLE FANNING, SIMON PEGG, TONI COLLETTE, RICHARD AYOADE, SIR BEN KINGSLEY, AND TRACY MORGAN IN THE BOXTROLLS
A young boy raised by a tribe of friendly subterranean trolls sets out to rescue his friends when they are captured by a diabolical exterminator.
The third release for the 10-year-old LAIKA studio (Coraline, ParaNorman), the 2014 hit The Boxtrolls presents a tactile and layered stop-motion world. For an extended experience, join LAIKA’s Mark Shapiro following a digital 3D screening of the film as he discusses the past and future of stop-motion animation.
RACHEL MCADAMS, JAMES FRANCO, MARION COTILLARD, JEFF BRIDGES, PAUL GIAMATTI, BENICIO DEL TORO, ALBERT BROOKS, AND PAUL RUDD IN THE LITTLE PRINCE
A nine-year-old girl moves in next door to an eccentric old aviator and discovers the power of imagination as he tells her the story of a young prince and a pilot who fell to Earth. Realized in stunning CG colour palettes, Saint-Exupéry's classic French novella is brought to life on the big screen for new generations. The English-language cast is full of charm and surprises.
HUGH BONNEVILLE, ROB BRYDON, MARTIN FREEMAN, SALLY HAWKINS, JENNIFER SAUNDERS, AND RUSSELL TOVEY IN STICK MAN
An adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s much-loved children's book (you may remember past UK celeb-studded shorts based on her books with illustrator Axel Scheffle,The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child), a happy-go-lucky Stick Man is picked up by a playful dog while out for his regular jog and launched on a series of adventures that take him ever further away.
Downton Abbey alumn Hugh Bonneville, The Trip’s Rob Brydon, The Hobbit’s Martin Freeman, Paddington's Sally Hawkins, and Ab Fab-er Jennifer Saunders lend their voices to this wonderful story about a journey home.
You can see these and many more great stories at this year’s TIFF Kids International Film Festival (April 8-24)