The Itch of the Golden Nit: Our Sneak Peek @ Vancouver International Children’s Festival

Nothing is more special to me, as a mom, than a handmade picture or card from my children.

In my mind, my children’s handmade artwork specialty cards could put both Hallmark & Carlton out of business.  Even though they are minus the funny, rhyming card humor, they have all the sentiment they need when the kids’  point out and re-tell the making and creation ideas of the artwork.

We were honoured to be invited to a premiere showing of one of this year’s VICF festival highlights,  The Itch and the Golden Nit.

I was immediately in love with The Itch of the Golden Nit as it was created with the same love and thoughtfulness that my own children’s artwork evokes.  The movie was created by the Tate Modern with Aardman Animation (Wallace & Gromit, Creature Comforts) and about 34,000 UK school children.

The story-line could only have been created by children for children; as it takes us on a journey through space, aboard rainbow spaceships, pirate ships and introduces us to super heroes that have not graced the pages of Marvel comic books, well not yet.  I especially enjoyed the super hero store called SuperCo. store where you can save money and the universe at the same time.

The main character is an 11 year old boy named Beanie,who must return the Golden Nit, that somehow decided to choose this ordinary boy, to save the universe.   The movie had my somewhat-antsy-tired-from-the-long-drive-from-the-suburbs-to-Granville-Island children completely entranced.  Jackson corrected the not-so-nice behaviour of Stella while I envied her dress that repeated everything she said.  I need a dress like that.  Easty hid from the mean talking pirates & not-nice Fire Boy, while both the children cheered as the universe SPOILER ALERT: was saved.

The movie made most of us adults chuckle, as there was definitely some very witty lines that these talented children wrote.  We were also very lucky to view the making of  The Itch of the Golden Nit as we sneaked a peek into some of the live footage of the children working on animation, dialogue, and music all while being created for the movie.  The movie took approximately two years to make and the list of the children’s names were long in the credits but we had so much fun trying to find the kids’ names in the alphabetical first name lists.  There were no Easton’s or Jackson’s but there were a lot of Jacks.

I am not surprised it was a BAFTA winner and a Guinness World Record holder.

The VICF – Vancouver International Children’s Festival on Granville Island runs from May 29- June 3, 2012.

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This year, help support this continuing and wonderful event for children and families.  It’s on our list of to-do things this summer.



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