Life is extremely challenging for parents and children right now so we are hoping to help relieve the pressure a little by providing access to some high quality, educational short films for children.
 
The Watergate Theatre’s #watergateonline has teamed up with Access Cinema who have provided us with a series of beautiful short films for children aged 3-8 years.
 
Each film includes resources created by primary school teachers and educational professionals to engage children afterwards. These resources were originally created for classroom based activities but are perfect for exploration at home.

#1 ‘Lambs’

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Mum and Dad Sheep are proud of their new lamb even though he is a little different in more ways than one – when he opens his mouth, a ‘moo’ not a ‘baa’ comes out.

Special thank you to Mike Tate & Alice Black at Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre and Discovery Film Festival and also to the creators of the resource activities, Helen Appleyard and Lynn Wells.

#2 ‘I want to live in the zoo’

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Sasha struggles at home. Her parents expect her to tidy up her room, eat porridge and do homework. Sasha decides that life in the zoo sounds much more interesting! She heads off to try and find her place among a bunch of penguins or maybe giraffes?

Special thank you to Mike Tate & Alice Black at DCA and Discovery Film Festival for their help with this and also to the creator of the resource activities,  Lynsey Dick.

#3 ‘Tiger’

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A cheeky looking little tiger is imprinted on a food plate but when his tummy rumbles he can’t help but wander off to find food.

Special thank you to Mike Tate & Alice Black at DCA and Discovery Film Festival for their help with this and also to the creator of the resource activities,  Lynsey Dick.

#4 ‘Tyrannosaurus Funk

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A group of T. Rex dinosaurs sing and stomp their way through this delightful, must-get-up-and-dance short by the well-known children’s author/illustrator Sandra Boynton. Sung by Samuel L. Jackson

Special thank you to Mike Tate & Alice Black at DCA and Discovery Film Festival for their help with this and also to the creator of the resource activities,  Lynsey Dick.

#5 ‘The Mole and the Earthworm

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One day a little mole discovers that all the animals have someone special to play with but he is lonely on his own. Whilst hunting for a juicy earthworm he discovers something very interesting.

Special thank you to Mike Tate & Alice Black at DCA and Discovery Film Festival for their help with this and also to the creator of the resource activities,  Lynsey Dick.

#6 ‘Hey Deer’

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An adorable cocoa drinking deer works tirelessly to clear the area around his house every day after an avalanche that occurs during the night. Through some very quick and clever camera shots we become aware that the avalanche is in fact not at all what it seems….

Special thank you to Mike Tate & Alice Black at DCA and Discovery Film Festival for their help with this and also to the creator of the resource activities,  Lynsey Dick.

#7 ‘Penguin’

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The penguin-waiter just wants the penguin-party to be perfect. A conscientious waiter runs into trouble after a glacier cherry makes a bid for freedom. As he tries to rectify the situation a series of catastrophes follow.

Special thank you to Mike Tate & Alice Black at DCA and Discovery Film Festival for their help with this and also to the creator of the resource activities,  Lynsey Dick.

#8 ‘Frenemy’

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Normally cats and dogs argue tooth and nail. But what happens if they swap voices? This quirky, colourful animation reveals the mischief that dogs and cats get up to when their owners are out of the house.  A dog and cat torture each other with practical jokes until a loud and scary storm turns the dog into a cat and the cat into a dog. This is an adorably funny tale that uses sound and image in a very inventive way.

Special thank you to Mike Tate & Alice Black at DCA and Discovery Film Festival for their help with this and also to the creator of the resource activities,  Helen Appleyard and Lynn Wells

#9 ‘Cartoon Away’

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An animated character tries to break free from the hands of his creator to the point where the character rebels against his creator and escapes from the drawing table, passing through different animation techniques. The human manages to bring the character back but only to find out that he no longer can control his creation.

Special thank you to Mike Tate & Alice Black at DCA and Discovery Film Festival for their help with this and also to the creator of the resource activities,  Helen Appleyard and Lynn Wells

#10 ‘Perfect Houseguest’

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A house is visited by a clean, organised, well-mannered guest.

Special thank you to Mike Tate & Alice Black at DCA and Discovery Film Festival for their help with this and also to the creator of the resource activities,  Lynsey Dick.

#11 ‘Perfect Piggies’

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This is a wonderful animation about a fantastic quintet of piggies singing about their wonderful selves in an a cappella swing style. Beware this will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

Special thank you to Mike Tate & Alice Black at DCA and Discovery Film Festival for their help with this and also to the creator of the resource activities,  Lynsey Dick.

#12 ‘The Sled’

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This curious little squirrel discovers something new and fascinating. What adventures will he get up to on his new sled.

Special thank you to Mike Tate & Alice Black at DCA and Discovery Film Festival for their help with this and also to the creator of the resource activities,  Lynsey Dick.

#13 ‘Crocodile’

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This crocodile has everything it needs for a relaxing evening in front of the TV. Unfortunately, he encounters a rather frustrating problem, he can’t eat his snacks.

Special thank you to Mike Tate & Alice Black at DCA and Discovery Film Festival for their help with this and also to the creator of the resource activities,  Lynsey Dick.

#14 ‘Water Path for a Fish’

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As a little boy lies trying to sleep on a hot evening somewhere in Latin America, he hears an unusual sound outside. When he investigates he sees a group of cats trying to get a goldfish that is gasping for air in a little puddle of water. This little goldfish encounters a heart stopping adventure in a quest for water.

Special thank you to Mike Tate & Alice Black at DCA and Discovery Film Festival for their help with this and also to the creator of the resource activities,  Lynsey Dick.

#15 ‘A Small Escape’

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A pair of kitchen scissors makes a break for freedom, taking some of the other stationary supplies with it.

Special thank you to Mike Tate & Alice Black at DCA and Discovery Film Festival for their help with this and also to the creator of the resource activities,  Lynsey Dick.