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‘Movies for Kids’ series returns to Latchis

Latchis Arts Movies for Kids series films continue on Sunday mornings through March. For information, visit

BRATTLEBORO—Latchis Arts’ popular Movies for Kids series continues in January with a theme of “Heroes, Big and Small.” Series screenings take place on Sundays at 11:30 a.m., and admission is by donation.

“Heroes, Big and Small” screenings begin on Jan. 13, at 11:30 a.m., with The Tale of Despereaux. This 2008 film is Rated G and tells the tale of Despereaux, a brave mouse banished to the dungeon, who joins forces with several other unlikely heroes in a story of bravery, forgiveness, and redemption, with the ultimate message: what you look like doesn’t equal what you are.

Common Sense Media recommends it for ages 6 and up, saying this “touching, beautiful tale is an excellent family film.”

The series features a hero on a larger scale on Jan. 20, at 11:30 a.m., with Babar: The Movie, a G-rated animated gem from 1989 that brings the famous storybook elephant to life on the big screen.

Common Sense Media recommends this film for ages 5 and up, but reminds parents that there is one scene of troubling violence and peril early on.

Celebrating a partnership with the Latchis on the Movies for Kids series, members of the Brooks Memorial Library will be on hand on Jan. 20 with books to check out and a chance for local youngsters to get their own library cards.

The series concludes on Jan. 27, at 11:30 a.m. with Once Upon a Forest, a 1993, G-rated, ecologically-conscious adventure about a badger who inhales toxic fumes and is saved thanks to her forest pals — a mouse, a hedgehog, and a mole.

The Hartford Courant called it a “pleasing, sweet primer in caring for our flora and fauna.” Common Sense Media recommends it for ages 6 and up.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #492 (Wednesday, January 9, 2019). This story appeared on page B3.

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