- Animation, adventure, Vikings, Santas and more in five family films
Directed by James Bobin, the first Disney-produced Muppet film stars Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal, Scooter among other Muppets, and Jason Segel (Despicable Me; Gulliver’s Travels), three-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams (Junebug; Doubt; Julie & Julia), Academy Award Winner Christopher Cooper (Adaptation; Capote); and Rashida Jones (The Social Network; NBC’s The Office).
Alongside The Muppets, the Cinema for Children segment also includes Oliver Deickmann’s When Santa Fell to Earth and Christian Ditter’s Wickie and The Treasure of the Gods, both making their international premieres at DIFF; and Arne Toonen’s Chubby Drums and Sarah Smith’s Arthur Christmas, both screening for the first time in the Middle East.
Based on the best-selling children’s book by Cornelia Funke, the family adventure film When Santa Fell to Earth begins when the last real Santa crash lands onto their street in the middle of a thunderstorm just before Christmas, on the run from the ruthless Goblynch and his army of nutcrackers. His reindeer is missing, and he joins forces with two children, a dog and a group of elves to save Christmas as we know it.
Based on the characters from books by Joh C. Kievit, Chubby Drums is the story of a cheery boy who lives in Roundville, where each day is a party. But Chubby’s life takes a dramatic turn when his father decides to open a restaurant in Thin City, and the whole family must move. The family finds it hard to fit into the new town, where everyone is obsessed with their appearance. But Chubby finds himself falling in love with a beautiful girl, and in order to win her over, he must compete with the handsome Viktor.
Myrna Maakaron, DIFF’s Cinema for Children programmer, said: “The Festival’s Cinema for Children segment has always worked to showcase films from around the world that are made for our young audiences and the young at heart. The plots, the adventures and the lessons from each of these films are wonderful, and we are delighted to have a combination of classic multi-generational films like The Muppets and brand-new adventure and animation films.”
The five children’s films are open to all ages; the DIFF Box Office opens online next week at www.dubaifilmfest.com. More information can also be accessed via 363-FILM.
The eighth edition of DIFF will be held from Dec. 7 to 14, 2011, in association with Dubai Studio City. Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Pearl, Emirates Airline and Madinat Jumeirah, the home of the Dubai International Film Festival, are the principal sponsors of DIFF. The Festival is supported by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.