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KidsBestFest is a film festival for kids and their adults with free admission during winter school break on the big screen at the Academy of Music Theatre! KidsBestFest, a part of the Four Sundays in February winter arts series, is presented by the Northampton Arts Council and the Academy of Music Theatre. We kick off the film festival on Monday February 18th at 11:00am with one screening of The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales, followed on Tuesday the 19th with one screening of Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver at 11:00am, on Wednesday the 20th we will show Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) at 11:00am, Thursday the 21st is Lu Over the Wall, and we will wrap up the film festival on Friday February 22nd with one showing of Kubo and the Two Strings.
Lu Over the Wall (2017, Recommended Audience: Age 8+, English Dubbed (Japanese), 107 Minutes, Animated)
From visionary anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa comes a joyously hallucinogenic but family-friendly take on the classic fairy tale about a little mermaid who comes ashore to join a middle-school rock band and propel them to fame. Kai is talented but adrift, spending his days sulking in a small fishing village after his family moves from Tokyo. His only joy is uploading songs he writes to the internet. When his classmates invite him to play keyboard in their band, their practice sessions bring an unexpected guest: Lu, a young mermaid whose fins turn to feet when she hears the beats, and whose singing causes humans to compulsively dance – whether they want to or not.
As Kai spends more time with Lu, he finds he is able to tell her what he is really thinking, and a bond begins to form. But since ancient times, the people in the village have believed that mermaids bring disaster and soon there is trouble between Lu and the townspeople, putting the town in grave danger. Winner of the Grand Prize at the prestigious Annecy Animation Festival and an official selection of Sundance 2018, Lu Over the Wall is a toe-tapping, feel-good demonstration of Yuasa’s genre-mixing mastery that will leave you humming long after you leave the theater.
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