Age recommendation: All ages
Manual Cinema collaborated with celebrated children’s book author and illustrator Mo Willems to create a new hand made movie for children ages 5 and up. Inspired by Willems’ LEONARDO, THE TERRIBLE MONSTER and SAM, THE MOST SCAREDY-CAT KID IN THE WHOLE WORLD, this 45-minute film premiered at the Kennedy Center as part of their 2021 season.
Leonardo is a terrible monster. He tries so hard to be scary, but he just…isn’t. Then Leonardo finds Sam, the most scaredy-cat kid in the world. Will Leonardo finally get his chance to scare the tuna salad out of an unsuspecting human? Or will it be the start of an unlikely friendship? The plot thickens when this pair meets Kerry and Frankenthaler, an even scaredier-cat and her monster friend. Kerry and Sam will need to make a big decision: will they be friends or will they be controlled by their fears?
Adapted from the beloved children’s books by Mo Willems, and realized through paper puppets, DIY cinema, music, and immersive sound by critically-acclaimed multimedia artists Manual Cinema, LEONARDO & SAM tells the story of a monster who longs to be scary and the big decisions about identity and empathy that we all must make.