Kid-Friendly Film Fest

USA Film Festival marks major KidFilm milestone with free movies

USA Film Festival marks major KidFilm milestone with free movies

The LEGO Movie
The 30th annual KidFilm, presented by USA Film Festival, features a variety of screenings, including a sneak preview of The LEGO Movie in 3D. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
Rebecca and Ed Emberley
Authors and illustrators Rebecca and Ed Emberley are honored guests at KidFilm. Photo courtesy of USA Film Festival
Abner the Invisible Dog
Abner the Invisible Dog is one of two films made by local producers to be shown at KidFilm. Photo courtesy of USA Film Festival
The LEGO Movie
Rebecca and Ed Emberley
Abner the Invisible Dog

A Dallas mainstay for 44 years, the USA Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 30th annual KidFilm Festival, taking place January 25-26 at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas.

To celebrate the momentous anniversary, USA Film Festival, with an assist from its sponsors, is offering free admission to KidFilm events. This year's headlining event is an in-person appearance by authors and illustrators Rebecca and Ed Emberley.

The Emberleys' books Chicken Little, The Ant and the Grasshopper and The Red Hen have been adapted into short films, all of which are included in the program. Attendees also get free copies of their newest book, The Crocodile and the Scorpion, at the show. A book signing follows.

Other notable events include an early screening of The LEGO Movie, set for release on February 7; a dubbed version of the critically acclaimed animated French film, Ernest & Celestine​, featuring the voices of Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman and Forest Whitaker; and the Australian film Khumba, featuring the voices of AnnaSophia Robb, Liam Neeson, Steve Buscemi and Laurence Fishburne.

With another Muppets movie coming out in March, it's more than appropriate to pay homage to the one that started it all, which KidFilm does with a 35th anniversary screening of The Muppet Movie. Young film fans can also enjoy animated shorts adapted from favorite books and films by local producers, including Abner the Invisible Dog and My Dog the Champion.

Because the tickets for all events are free, tickets will only be distributed an hour before each show at the Angelika. Anyone wanting to attend a specific program is encouraged to show up early as seating is limited. Visit the USA Film Festival site for specific dates and times for each show.