The Film Society of Lincoln Center continues Family Films series with kid-friendly fare dedicated to “Fantastic Voyages”

Series to include Disney’s beloved classic

Mary Poppins for the holidays

New York, NY (December 1, 2011) — Families can continue to enjoy all-time classics and beloved films with this delightful matinee series—featuring a special spotlight on imaginative films dedicated to taking viewers on fantastical journeys. The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Family Films are an ongoing weekend film series presented in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center’s Amphitheater. The colorful, roomy theater was recently bestowed the honor of being one of New York’s newest “classic” places to visit by Time Out New York and boasts the largest plasma screen in the world!!

With a special ticket price of $6.00, and Indie Food & Wine’s $6.00 “Indie Lunch Box” featuring NY State cheddar grilled cheese with apples and house made hot chocolate, the entire family can embark on this perfect budget-friendly joyride every weekend!

Following is FSLC’s Family Films schedule through 2011 and early 2012:

Fantastic Voyages

December 26 – February 26

A Trip to the Moon + Other Shorts

Georges Méliès, France, 1902, Digital; approx. 80m

A special chance to see the wondrous, playful movies featured in the recent film Hugo (based on the critically acclaimed book The Invention of Hugo Cabret). Former magician Georges Méliès was the wizard of early cinema with his magical creations of spacemen, fairies, magicians, and mermaids. Silent with recorded music.

All ages.

Dec 31 & Jan 1: 2pm


Joe Dante, U.S., 1985, Digital; 109m

In this delightful 1980s caper, three restless boys find a way to journey into outer space using the latest in technology — an Apple //c. Science fiction fan Ben (Ethan Hawke), boy genius Wolfgang (River Phoenix), and bored buddy Darren (Jason Presson) travel in a cool see-through space bubble, make contact, and find out an eternal truth: aliens love television. Featuring kids who talk like kids, and a real sense of play, director Joe Dante (Gremlins, Innerspace) gets what it’s like to be a kid and, just sometimes, go intergalactic. Rated PG.

Rated PG

Jan 1 & 7: 11am

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Robert Stevenson, U.S., 1971, Digital; 139m

Restored Roadshow Version!

Three English children are evacuated from war-torn London to live in a quite village—with a trainee witch (played by Angela Lansbury). To ensure the children keep her secret, she gives them a magic bedknob that allows them to travel anywhere they wish on a flying bed! Featuring the eye-popping scene on the Isle of Naboombu using a delightful mix of live and animated characters.

Rated G

Dec 31 & Jan 8: 11am

The Incredible Journey

Fletcher Markle, U.S./Canada, 1963, Digital; 80m

How else could you describe a 200-mile journey by three house pets if not as fantastic? Two dogs and a cat get lost on a family vacation and must make their perilous way home. Shot on location in the Canadian wilderness, the story is told by the plucky animals themselves. If you only know the title from the 1993 remake, this is the one to see!

Rated G

Jan 14 & 22: 11am


Jason and the Argonauts

Don Chaffey, U.K., 1963, Digital; 104m

In order to claim his throne, Jason must bring back the Golden Fleece from the distant land of Colchis. Even with the help of Hercules and the protection of the goddess Hera, their foes are daunting: a cyclops, harpies, an army of skeletons, and the seven-headed hydra. This is a great introduction to the special-effects genius of Ray Harryhausen and a truly mythic adventure.

Rated G but can be scary for those under 5

Jan 15 & 21: 11am


Time Bandits

Terry Gilliam, U.K., 1981, Digital; 110m

A young boy meets a restless band of little people through a time hole in his closet. He joins them on their escape from their employer (the Supreme Being) after “borrowing” his map of the universe’s time holes to hunt for treasure. They run through different periods of history before encountering the Fortress of Ultimate Darkess where evil lives and must be defeated. Terry Gilliam’s lovingly crafted adventure is a funny, rambunctious delight (featuring, along the way, John Cleese, Sean Connery, and Michael Palin).

Rated PG

Feb 4 & 12: 11am

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

Nathan Juran, U.S./Spain, 1958, Digital; 88m

In another great Ray Harryhausen adventure, Sinbad and his shipmates first encounter the island of Colossa and the mythic beasts that populate it while sailing home. They are tricked by a magician into stealing the cyclops’ magic lamp and only just manage to escape. Back in Baghdad Sinbad marries his princess but the evil machinations of the wizard force a return trip to the island…

Not rated.

Feb 5 & 11: 11am

Body Troopers aka Chasing the Kidneystone

Jakten på nyresteinen

Vibeke Idsöe, Norway, 1996, Digital; 91m

Eight-year-old Simon shrinks himself down to travel into his grandfather’s body to fight the kidney-stone that is making him sick. With the help of a white blood cell, he meets the Secretions Agent and Bile Duct among others on their way to try to stop the evil Calcium Crystals who are building a stone in Grandpa’s bladder. Note: English subtitles will be read aloud.

12 and under

Feb 19: 2pm

Feb 26: 11am


Manuel García Ferré, Argentina, 1999, Digital; 86m

Based on a famous Argentinian children’s song, Manuelita is a young turtle who gets lost from home in a runaway balloon. On her trip she makes new friends and discovers a talent for hat-making. A simple story with sweet songs, it’s perfect for the youngest viewers (and rarely seen on the big screen!).

Rated G

Feb 19 & 25: 11am

Mary Poppins

Robert Stevenson, U.S., 1964, Digital; 139m

Share the rollicking Disney musical with a new generation, as umbrella-toting super-nanny Julie Andrews reinvents child care with the help of a little magic and a lot of fun. When Mary Poppins appears, the Banks family of London finds an answer to the misbehaviour of young Jane and Michael. As fresh and lively as ever, the film’s tuneful, airborne delights are supported by a charming Dick Van Dyke as a chimneysweep, among others, as well as a beautiful flight into an animated Sunday paradise. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, indeed: this one’s a classic for a reason!

Rated G.

Dec 24 – 30: 10:30am & 2pm daily

Asleik Engmark, Norway, 2009; 74m
Norwegian with English Subtitles read aloud
Lillebror has moved to a new town and doesn’t have any friends, so he invents one: Twigson the twig! Together they explore their new home. But will money problems mean Lillebror's family will have to move yet again? A family favorite in Norway!
Feb 20 – 24: 11:30am daily

Twigson Ties the Knot
Martin Lund, Norway, 2010; 78m
Norwegian with English Subtitles read aloud
Lillebror has a new friend in town, and so does Twigson. Twigson’s friend, Karoline, is a lovely birch wood twig. Lillebror’s friend is Tiny, a real girl. Together they help Lillebror play detective to find out who caused his mother to have a bike accident.
Feb 20 – 24: 1:30pm daily

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