Thursday, December 14, 2017

Animated Events: Detroit Film Theater's 'Tea Time Theater'

Napping Princess, Japan/2016—directed by Kenji Kamiyama

If you're looking for something animated to do during the upcoming holiday weekend, the DIA's Detroit Film Theater has you covered!

Two things worth noting:

1. While all three films start at 2 p.m. on their respective days, an all-ages tea party will be held before the show begins. The tea party starts at 1 p.m. with complimentary beverage and snacks available for purchase.

2. All three screenings are FREE to the public!

During the New Year's Eve weekend, the DFT's 'Tea Time Theater' presents the following films:

On December 29th, they will be showing Napping Princess.

From the GKIDS YouTube Trailer entry:

"GKIDS proudly presents the latest film from visionary director Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex), coming to select US cinemas this September. NAPPING PRINCESS is a thrilling sci-fi fantasy set it the near future, which follows the journey of a young girl, Kokone, and her friend Morio, as they set out to find Kokone’s missing father who has been accused of a crime. Kokone soon realizes she must tap into a world only accessible through her dreams in order to solve the mystery."

On December 30th, they will be showing April and the Extraordinary World.

From the GKIDS YouTube trailer entry:

"Paris, 1941. A family of scientists is on the brink of a powerful discovery when a mysterious force suddenly abducts them, leaving their young daughter April behind. Years later, April carries on her family’s research in secret with her cat, Darwin, but soon finds herself at the center of a shadowy conspiracy and on the run from government agents, bicycle-powered airships and cyborg rat spies! A rollicking adventure set in an imaginative alternate universe, April and the Extraordinary World is "beautiful, inventive and uncannily satisfying!” (Glenn Kenny, The New York Times) (Original Title - April and the Extraordinary World) - 2016 Universal City Studios. All Rights Reserved."

And on December 31st, they will be showing Studio Ghibili's Whisper of the Heart.

From the GKIDS YouTube trailer entry:

"Shizuku Tsukishima is a bit of a book-worm, spending her last summer vacation in junior high school reading and translating popular foreign music into Japanese. With aspirations to one day become a writer, Shizuku can't help but notice that the name Seiji Amasawa appears on every one of the books she borrows from the library.

Through a series of curious and magical incidents, she comes to meet Seiji and discovers he has dreams of becoming a famous violin maker in Italy. While their life-long goals pull them in two different directions, Shizuku and Seiji are determined to remain true to their strong feelings for one another."

So if you're looking for a chance to escape the weather over the holiday weekend, why not spend it watching some of the best animated films the world has to offer?

The Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit Film Theater is located at 5200 Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan.