thursday, july 22 – SUNDAY, JULY 25 | FREE films and fun every day!
Our annual kid-tastic summer tradition continues with The Loft Kids Fest At Home! Join us for some hot fun in the summertime with a wild weekend of great family-friendly movies that you can stream for free at home, along with our own cool crafting videos and super cinematic surprises!
Each day, we’ll recommend a different fabulous film that you can stream for free. Each day’s film will be preceded by an animated short, and will also be paired with a mega-exciting Kids Fest bonus video, created by your pals at The Loft Cinema, that includes an introduction to the film, a fun crafting project with the staff of Mildred & Dildred Toy Store, and a surprise from one of our community friends! Watch our Kids Fest bonus video before you stream each movie, and you’ll be ready for action! There’s a cool daily prize raffle courtesy of Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, and if you watch all the films and follow the clues we give out each day, you just might win our totally excellent Grand Prize at the end of the Fest! So let’s get ready for a super cinematic splashdown with the Loft Kids Fest At Home!
Thanks to our community partners, Mildred & Dildred Toy Store, Children’s Museum Tucson, Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, El Grupo, The Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter and Sanctuary, and Aikido at The Center.
THURSDAY, JULY 22 – The Little Prince – Available to watch for FREE on KANOPY!
PLUS: Watch the animated short film, Water Path for a Fish!
From the Oscar nominated director of Kung Fu Panda comes this critically acclaimed, re-imagined take on Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic story.
“A masterpiece! No child, or adult, for that matter, will be able to resist the considerable charms of The Little Prince.” – David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
At its heart is “The Little Girl” (Mackenzie Foy), an over-scheduled, over-supervised child prepared by her mother (Rachel McAdams) for the very grown-up real-world. When her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, “The Aviator” (Jeff Bridges), regales her with thrilling stories and introduces her to an extraordinary world where anything is possible, she learns of the adventures of “The Little Prince” (Riley Osborne), an unusual boy who lives on an asteroid. And so begins a magical and emotional journey where she learns, amongst other things, it’s the human connections that matter most. Also featuring the voices of Marion Cotillard, Paul Rudd and Benicio del Toro. (Dir. by Mark Osborne, 2015, France, in English, 108 mins., rated PG)
SHORT FILM: Water Path for a Fish. It’s a starry night in a poor neighborhood in Latin America. Oscar is sleeping in his room when a sudden wind wakes him up. From his window he sees a little goldfish in a puddle gasping for air, and an adventure begins! (Dir. by Mercedes Maro, 2016, Spain, no dialogue, 6 mins., Not Rated/Suitable for all ages)
FRIDAY, JULY 23 – Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown – Available to watch for FREE on KANOPY!
PLUS: Watch the animated short film, Three Fools!
Charlie Brown heads to Europe as an exchange student in this hilarious animated adventure featuring mystery, intrigue and even a little romance – not to mention, a whole lot of fun!
“An entertaining adventure and another welcome round of pure fun featuring Charlie Brown and his pals.” – DVD Talk
Based on the beloved Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (And Don’t Come Back!), takes good old Charlie Brown on his first-ever international trip, and along for the ride are Snoopy, Woodstock, Peppermint Patty, Marcie and Linus. In London, Snoopy and Woodstock test out their tennis skills at Wimbledon before the gang heads off to France, where they’re all ready to spend two weeks as exchange students. Charlie even receives an invitation to stay at the chateau of a mysterious baron. But when everyone arrives on a dark and stormy night, it soon becomes clear that their adventure has only just begun! (Dir. by Bill Melendez & Phil Roman, 1980, USA, 75 mins., Rated G)
SHORT FILM: Three Fools. In their search for a place to settle down, the three friends, Blue, Yellow and Green find their friendship tested by a competition to build the tallest house on the beach. (Dir. by Snobar Avani/Peter Hausner, 2014, Denmark, no dialogue, 7 mins., Not Rated/Suitable for all ages)
SATURDAY, JULY 24 – A Cat in Paris
PLUS: Watch the animated short film, Jonas and the Sea!
The Academy Award-nominated A Cat in Paris, from directors Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol, is a beautifully hand-drawn caper set in the alleyways of Paris. Dino is a cat that leads a double life.
“A sleek, stylish animated escapade that casts a beguiling spell.” – Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
By day he lives with Zoe, a little girl whose mother is a detective in the Parisian police force. But at night Dino sneaks out the window to work with Nico – a slinky cat burglar with a big heart, whose fluid movements are poetry in motion as he evades captors and slips and swishes from rooftop to rooftop across the Paris skyline. The cat’s two worlds collide when young Zoe decides to follow Dino on his nocturnal adventures – and falls into the hands of Victor Costa, a blustery gangster planning the theft of a rare statue. Now cat and cat burglar must team up to save Zoe from the bumbling thieves, leading to a thrilling acrobatic finale on top of Notre Dame. Rife with film references, A Cat in Paris is a warm and richly humorous love letter to classic noir and cool cats, with a jazz soundtrack featuring Billie Holiday and Django Reinhardt. Featuring the voice talents of Academy Award-winner Marcia Gay Harden, Academy Award-winner Anjelica Huston and Matthew Modine. (Dir. by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol, 2012, France, in English, 75 mins., Rated PG)
SHORT FILM: Jonas and the Sea. Jonas longs to be part of the underwater world, like a fish in water. All his life, he’s lived by the sea. One day, when he’s become a bearded old man, he may finally get his chance. (Dir. by Marlies van der Wel, 2015, Netherlands, no dialogue, 12 mins., Not Rated/Suitable for all ages)
Thanks to our community partner, Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter and Sanctuary.
SUNDAY, JULY 25 – Zarafa
PLUS: Watch the animated short film, Our Granny Rocks!
Inspired by the true story of the first giraffe to visit France, Zarafa is a stirring, sumptuously animated adventure told on an epic scale.
“A gorgeously animated tale that feels wholly epic, but never forgets to be fun.” – Matt Looker, Total Film
Under the cover of darkness, a small Sudanese boy named Maki escapes from an evil slave trader and disappears into the night. Pursued by his captors across the moon-lit savannah, Maki befriends Zarafa, a baby giraffe – and an orphan, just like him – as well as the nomad Hassan, Prince of the Desert. The kindly Hassan takes them via hot-air balloon to Alexandria for an audience with the Pasha of Egypt, setting off a spectacular, perilous, adventure-filled journey across Northern Africa and Europe. But all the while, Maki is determined to find a way to return Zarafa to her rightful home. (Dir. by Remi Bezancon/Jean-Christophe Lie/Muhammand Omar Faruk, 2012, France, in English, 78 mins., rated PG)
SHORT FILM: Our Granny Rocks. Brother and Sister, as it happens with children, have a hard time getting along. Then Granny gets involved, arriving on a scooter and twisting the green button on her vest, thus launching an unbelievable series of sandbox adventures. (Dir. by Nils Scapans, 2017, Latvia, no dialogue, 25 mins., Not Rated/Suitable for all ages)