Recommended for kids ages five and up and their adult companions

Education Center, Mezzanine, Theater 3
*The Mantis Parable*. 2005. USA. Directed by Josh Staub. Courtesy Jubilee Studios

The Three Robbers. 1972. USA. Directed by Gene Deitch. 6 min.

Based on the book by Tomi Ungerer, this classic film tells the tale of a band of robbers who roam the countryside frightening people and stealing their money. One night, the three robbers try to rob a carriage, but instead find an unhappy girl alone inside. They take her home and eventually decide to snatch up all the unhappy children of the world.

Pishto Goes Away. 2012. Russia. Directed by Sonya Kendel. 8 min.

Pishto is having the worst day. So bad if fact, that he decides that he has had enough and it’s time to leave!

The Girl and the Fox. 2011. USA. Directed by Tyler J. Kupferer. 6 min.

A young girl must track a mysterious fox through a foreboding wilderness.

The Mantis Parable. 2005. USA. Directed by Josh Staub. 8 min.

The charming tale of a humble caterpillar trapped in a bug collector's jar and in need of a helping hand. The story unfolds when a praying mantis with some lessons to learn in humility stumbles upon the caterpillar.

Enjoy new and classic family-friendly short films, engaging discussions, and suggestions for follow-up activities in the Museum’s galleries. This program is for individual families of up to two adults and up to three kids.

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Tickets: Free tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10:00 a.m. on the day of the program at the information desk in the Education and Research Building, at 4 West 54 Street.

Contact: (212) 708-9805 or

Accessibility: Sound amplification devices are available for all programs. All theaters are equipped with loop systems and are wheelchair accessible.

This film is part of Family Films.