family-friendly films at the BFI London Film Festival

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Next week is the beginning of the 56th BFI London Film Festival running from the 10th – 21st October.  As a film lover, I have always tried to catch a couple of films at the festival, and in the last few years I have taken ‘O’ to see something there too.  Here are this years family-friendly films to be seen at the festival.

Frankenweenie 3D

This is Tim Burton’s new film showing on the opening Gala night, so unfortunately tickets are all sold out.  It’s Burton’s take on the Frankenstein tale, with Victor, a young inventor brings back to life his beloved dog Sparky.

Ernest and Celestine


A French animation about the friendship between a bear and a mouse.

Animated shorts for younger audiences.


A selection of shorts from around the world.

The Great Bird Race


About a boy called Victor, who wants to win the bird watching competition and will stop at nothing to do so.



10yr old Jojo turns to a jackdaw for comfort when he finds none at home.  This sounds like it may be a new ‘Kes’.

Legends of Valhalla – Thor


A young Blacksmith acquires a magic hammer and finds himself at war with some giants.

Le Tableau


An animation about the inhabitants of a piece of arts journey across other paintings.

Wolf Children


Single mother Hana must bring up her wolf children away from the prying eyes of the neighbours.



A giraffe makes an epic journey across the world.

We missed out on tickets to see Frankenweenie, but will be going to see Wolf Children as ‘O’ loves these Japanese animations.

images and info. BFI London Film Festival


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