When talking about modern children's classics, it always seems like The Gruffalo series gets left off the list. Expose your munchkin to this excellent series of well-done animated shorts based on the books by Julia Donaldson as part of the Best of New York International Children's Film Festival. Celebrating the finest in children's short films from around the world, The Gruffalo's Child, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Robbie Coltrane, will be the centerpiece of this year's festival. In it, the daughter of the Gruffalo (half grizzly, half buffalo) decides to venture into the deep, dark woods to see if the Big Bad Mouse, the only thing her father fears, is really as scary as he says. Also on the screen are shorts about Japanese puppets traveling to Abbey Road to perform a ukulele cover of ''Twist and Shout'' and a cute little cut-out car race.
Sat., Dec. 15, 3 p.m., 2012