Discovery Festival Favourite 2016 - Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants - School Screening


One of the primary goals of Discovery Film Festival is to highlight quality films for young audiences that may not appear in the bestselling films of the year lists, simply because their marketing budgets do not match those of Disney or Pixar. Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants is one such absolute delight, and we were thrilled to be able to give Tayside schools the chance to catch it as part of our festival programme in 2016. It was a huge success, with its fantastic characterisation, spectacular musical score and sound effects, stunning blend of live action and computer-generated animation – and a complete absence of any dialogue whatsoever.

"...entertainingly epic and a whole heap of fun!"

With clear inspiration from tales as varied as A Bug’s Life, The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the madcap world of Looney Tunes cartoons, this is an epic adventure based on the friendship between a plucky ladybird and a band of black ants. When they discover a tin of sugar lumps left over from a deserted picnic, it will take all their guile to get the treasure back to their anthill, while coming under attack from an army of rival red ants who want the sugary prize for themselves. Whilst we’re not entirely sure this is an accurate reflection of life in the undergrowth that David Attenborough might recognise, it is certainly entertainingly epic and a whole heap of fun!

Dirs: Thomas Szabo, Hélène Giraud
France/Belgium 2016 / 1h29m / U
Dialogue free

Resources by Helen Appleyard

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