See "Rita & Crocodile: Zoo" and other children's films at the Saint Louis Zoo.Photo courtesy Saint Louis Zoo.
Jacob Frey, an award-winning animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios, will speak at this year’s St. Louis International Children’s Film Festival, hosted by the Saint Louis Zoo.
Frey, who has worked on films like “Moana” and “Zootopia,” will speak with visitors about his childhood in Germany and how his dream of becoming an animator led him to Disney. Frey will also share clips from his work, which includes the Oscar-nominated film, “Room On The Broom.”
Frey will give a free lecture as part of the festival’s Animator Spotlight Friday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. Visitors will also have an opportunity to learn more about his work during a Q&A after the last screening Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11:30 a.m. Admission to the Q&A is free with paid admission to the 10:30 a.m. screening.
The film festival showcases films that are made for, about, and sometimes even by, children. Films are geared to audiences ages 2-18. The zoo will host festival screenings on Saturday mornings Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25 at the Anheuser-Busch Theater in The Living World/North Entrance. The 9:30-10:15 a.m. screening will feature films recommended for ages 2 to 7; the 10:30-11:30 a.m. screening will feature films recommended for ages 5 and up.
Each program includes a screening of between eight and eleven short films from around the world. Themes include Little Big Adventures, My Furry Friends, Deer Me! and Superhero Surprise. Tickets for each session are $10 for ages 2 and up (free for children under 2). All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. After each program, children may participate in crafts and activities related to the animals in the films. Tickets may be purchased at the door on the days of the event. Advance online ticket sales will be available soon. For more information on the Big Eyes, Big Minds International Children’s Film Festival and a complete schedule of films, visit stlzoo.org.