Summer Flicks Series

Modern Kids (Ages 8–12) - Program C
  • August 14, 2014 - 1:00pm

Take a break from the Texas heat and join the Modern and Lone Star Film Society for Modern Kids—Summer Flicks! Share the art of the screen with your children as they watch stories unfold and ideas form in delightful and innovative films. The bonus for seeing these films at the Modern is the opportunity to visit the galleries before or after and experience the wonder of the paintings, sculptures, installations, and videos throughout the museum. 

Make a full day of creative activities at the Modern. Beautiful sketchbooks for children of all ages are free at the front desk—the perfect partner to the films in this Summer Flicks Series.

Admission is free and open to the public. Films are shown in the Modern’s auditorium, and seating is limited to the first 250 guests.

Program C

The final day of the Modern Kids Summer Flicks Series will highlight the incredible contribution of Japan and other Asian nations to the world of animation. Kids will learn about the influence popular Japanese animation (anime) has had on the entire world's approach to animation, as well as the incredible imagination that one can see in independent animation from all over Asia. Students will also learn about stop-motion animation, an original animation technique that is still used widely today.  

Dear Mom (3 min), Johnny Express (6 min), Chi's Sweet Home-Chi’s New Address: Episode 9 “Chi Smells Things” (3 min), Tonari no Seki kun: Episode 1 “Dominos” (8 min), Dark Side Cat: Episode 1 “Dark Side Cat and the Lost Child’s Mother” (6 min)

Dear Mom: A young woman expresses her feelings towards her mother in this touching and personal short. Directed by Qianyu Zhou at Cal Arts.

Johnny Express: It’s 2150. There are all sorts of aliens living throughout space. Johnny is a Space Delivery Man who travels to different planets to deliver packages. Johnny is lazy and his only desire is to sleep in his autopilot spaceship. When the spaceship arrives at the destination, all he has to do is simply deliver the box. However, it never goes as planned. Johnny encounters strange and bizarre planets and always seems to cause trouble on his delivery route. Will he be able to finish his mission without trouble? Created by Alfred Imageworks.

Chi's Sweet Home – Chi’s New Address: Episode 9 “Chi Smells Things”: Chi the cat is bothered by the smell of the new home. Provided by Crunchyroll.

Tonari no Seki kun: Episode 1 “Dominos”: Yokoi-san is trying her best to listen in class, but she can't help but watch as Seki-kun is lining up erasers next to her. Seki-kun! Are those dominos?! Provided by Crunchyroll.

Dark Side Cat: Episode 1, “Dark Side Cat and the Lost Child’s Mother”: Dark Side Cat dashes through the city after an elusive mouse, but his disregard for pedestrians helps solve a troubling situation with a lost child. Provided by Crunchyroll.


1 pm - Introduction to Stop Motion Animation
1:10 pm - Short Films from Japan
1:40 pm - Stop-Motion Animation Interactive Demonstration
2:00 pm - Interactive Gallery Activity

Made possible with the help of Crunchyroll, The Magic Lantern (Switzerland), California Institute of the Arts, The Animation Workshop (Denmark), and Ringling College of Art + Design.