Ponokku tanpen gekijô
This banquet of kid-friendly short films from Japan’s Studio Ponoc (“Mary and the Witch’s Flower”) features three works about modest heroes. "Invisible" (Akihiko Yamashita, 13 min.), directed by the lead animator on “Howl’s Moving Castle” and other films by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, follows a nameless invisible man who must try to recapture his interest in life. "Kanini & Kanino" (Hiromasa Yonebayashi, 16 min.), from the Academy Award®-nominated director of “When Marnie Was There” and “Mary and the Witch’s Flower,” tells the story of two tiny crab brothers who venture out into the world for the first time and encounter an array of challenges. "Life Ain’t Gonna Lose" (Yoshiyuki Momose, 15 min.), directed by the key animator on such Isao Takahata films as “Grave of the Fireflies,” relates a true story about a mother and her severely egg-allergic son.
Peyton Crump stars in this sci-fi adventure — produced in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri -— in which a young boy battles an intergalactic overlord who is stealing dogs from Earth to use as diggers on a new mining planet.
Four space-obsessed 9-year-old girls embark on a secret mission in their cardboard rocket.