TIFF Kids features animated gems from outside Hollywood

Also on big screens this week: a wrestling rom-com and a Japanese animated phenomenon.

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TIFF Kids: TIFF Kids is really just like the regular TIFF, except with less Hollywood wheeling-and-dealing and more face-painting. As such, it makes for an ideal destination for families looking for worthwhile distractions on the next three weekends.

Built for movie lovers aged 3 to 13, the TIFF Kids slate features over 160 films along with other special events, on-site activities and the ever-popular digiPlaySpace exhibition — it all takes place at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

One of the best things about the festival is the chance to see an array of animated features from places other than Hollywood (though there are some of those, too). An Oscar-nominated stop-motion marvel from Switzerland and France, My Life as a Courgette (April 9 and 17) wrests unexpected moments of joy, warmth and delight from the sometimes dark story of youngsters living at a foster home. The latest by French master and former Oscar nominee Michel Ocelot, Ivan Tsarevitch and the Changing Princess (April 15 and 22) is a quartet of enchanting stories that mix up monsters, pirates, cats and some very courageous girls. The German animators behind The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom team up to take on Roald Dahl for Revolting Rhymes (April 14, 15 and 22).

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