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Suggested Viewing: Room on the Broom

By Emily Ohara, Education Program Manager & JBFC Kids Curator 04.16.20

Room on the Broom

25 min. 2012. UK. English. TV-Y. [Recommended Age: All]

Streaming: Netflix

Synopsis: A kind witch ignores the concerns of her long-suffering companion, a wonderful Cat, and invites more and more animals to join them on her broom. But how will the gang overcome the fearsome Dragon whose favourite dinner is Witch and chips?!

Why Education Program Manager & JBFC Kids Curator, Emily Ohara, @TeachEmFilm, recommends it: Sometimes kids stories can become overly complicated and saturated with visuals, dialogue and even plot. But in the case of Room on the Broom, it is not so. Made by the animation team, Magic Light Pictures, the same creators behind The Gruffalo and Revolting Rhymes, this story plays with simple and minimal dialogue, plenty of show-not-tell, and a moral message about friendships. The animation’s unique style mimics that of stop-motion animation giving the world a tactile and hand-made clay feel that even the youngest viewer will appreciate. Nominated for an Oscar, Room on a Broom, will draw in children just like any magical storybook as well as adults, if not for the wonderful narration done by Simon Pegg. Now settle in for a wild broom ride and off you go!

Fun Fact: Everything in the film that did not move was built by hand and photographed to give that “human touch”. 

Activity

1. Drawing Option: Ever wonder what it would be like to fly on a broom? Draw yourself and five other characters on a witch’s broom, writing out who they are under each character including you! Share it on Twitter or Instagram and tag us so we can see everyone on their broom!

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Materials:

  1. Paper
  2. Crayons, pencils, or markers

2. Green Screen Option: Ever wonder what it would be like to fly on a broom using a green screen? Take a look at our accompanied green screen activity and insert yourself riding the room by uploading this picture as a template! Share it on Twitter or Instagram and tag us so we can see everyone on their broom!

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Taking it Further

  1. Want more activities? Fly over to the Room on a Broom official website and check out their fun free activities here!
  2. If you loved the movie, read the picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler by purchasing it here

  • If you liked Room on the Broom check out Stickman, also created by Magic Light Pictures and written by Julia Donaldson, streaming on Amazon Prime for FREE here
  • Check out our JBFC Kids: At Home Viewing List JBFC Kids! Curator, Emily Ohara, has selected her favorite films from shorts to documentaries, animations to silent films, these engaging and meaningful stories are fun for the whole family -- And ready to stream!
  • For parent reviews of each film please visit: www.commonsensemeida.org