The 37th annual Toronto International Film Festival just announced some great World Premieres and North American Premieres that will appeal to families! Yes, the 10 day film festival isn’t just for adults and party goers!
Hotel Transylvania (USA, World Premiere) is on our radar as one to watch. It’s Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On on especial weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world’s most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more – to celebrate his daughter Mavis’ 118th birthday. For Dracula, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when this overprotective dad is confronted with one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis. The star-studded cast includes Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, CeeLo Green and Jon Lovitz.
Finding Nemo 3D (USA/Australia, World Premiere)
Academy Award-winning film Finding Nemo returns to the big screen in thrilling Disney Digital 3D for the first time. Teeming witih memorable comedic characters this stunning underwater adventure follows the momentous journey of an overprotective clownfish named Marlin (Albert Brooks) and his young son Nemo (Alexander Gould) – who become separated in teh the Great Barrier Reef when Nemo is unexpectedly taken far from his ocean home to a fish tank in a dentist’s office. His companion Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) is a friendly but forgetful blue tang fish helps reuniting father in son.
Ernest & Celestine, (France/Belgium/Luxembourg, North American Premiere) is a charming French animated film brought to the big screen from the popular children’s book. It’s about how two unlikely characters, a bear and mouse, cross paths and become inseparable friends. The bears who live above ground with a slower,simpler life are the opposite of the mice who live below ground in a complex society. However, the mice need something the bears have in order to survive. A young mouse, Celestine, gets caught by Ernest, the giant bear and from there she convinces him not to eat her but instead learn to work together.
Igor & the Cranes’ Journey (Israel/Poland/Germany, World Premiere)
During his involuntary migration from Russia to Israel, 11 year old Igor faces many challenges, just like the baby crane he observed hatching while he was still together with his dad in Russia. Their close and caring watch over the crane’s journey helps both father and son accomplish their adventure and Igor is ready to accept the choices his parents have made. The story follows the migration of a family of cranes through cold climates of Russia to the warmer lands through Israel and Africa.
All films are rated. Special child pricing applies. For more information on the TIFF 2012 please visit the official website at www.tiff.net/festival
The Toronto International Film Festival runs September 6 to 16, 2012.