The annual Children’s Film Series at the Grand Cinema is on hiatus this week, says Philip Cowan, the Grand’s executive director. The series of high-quality children’s movies, shown on weekends from Oct. 3 through the end of November, is halfway through its run and will resume on Nov. 7 with the 2001 Oscar-winning anime hit, "Spirited Away." That picture and all others in the series will be shown at 11 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The following weekend, Nov. 14-16, will bring "The Phantom Tollbooth," a full-length animated fantasy by the late, great Chuck Jones who gave Bugs Bunny sophistication and sass. Bugs isn’t onboard in "Tollbooth," but Mel Blanc, the man who gave the bunny his voice, lends his vocal talents to the picture.
The weekend of Nov. 21-23 will find John Sayles’ lyrical live-action 1995 Irish fable, "The Secret of Roan Inish," playing at the theater. And the series will wrap up on the weekend of Nov. 28 with the Christmas-themed tearjerker "Prancer," about a little girl who nurses an ailing reindeer back to health. She thinks he’s one of Santa’s sleigh-pullers. And who’s to say he isn’t? Only a unbelieving grump, that’s who.