Education Blog

Viewing: Herman's Heart

By Emily Ohara, Education Program Manager & JBFC Kids Curator 05.21.20

Herman’s Heart 

8 min. 2015. Norway. No Dialogue. NR.

Recommended Age: All

Streaming: YouTube (Free) , Amazon Prime (Free)


Herman lives in peaceful harmony with his teddy bear inside a large tree surrounded by a beautiful garden. One night an unexpected, and for Herman, unwelcome visitor arrives turning Herman’s life upside down.

Why JBFC Kids Curator Emily Ohara (@TeachEmFilm) recommends it: 

Any child who is struggling with sharing, especially an older sibling, this story is for them. With no words, an animation style similar to puppetry, and a world made up of bright and interesting textures, this film stands out from the rest. The story is the real star of the show, as it playfully and cleverly brings up themes of responsibility and love, which both child and parent will appreciate.

Fun Fact: 

The meaning behind the title can be found in the last shot of the film! Can you spot it?

Take it Further:

  • Draw a picture of your heart and then draw all the things you really care about inside.
  • Share it on Twitter or Instagram and tag us! #JBFCkids Instagram: jbfc_pville  Twitter: jbfc_ny 

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 Common Sense Media