The Flying Machine (2011)

Genres - Children's/Family  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Fantasy  |   Run Time - 76 min.  |   Countries - China , United Kingdom , Poland   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

The music of Frederic Chopin fuels this family-friendly fantasy that fuses live action and 3D animation. Georgie (Heather Graham) is a busy single mother who struggles to balance her career with looking after her daughter Jane (Kizzy Mee) and son Fred (Jamie Munns). Jane has a great interest in music, so Georgie takes her and Fred to a performance by well-known pianist Lang Lang. Rather than simply present a concert, Lang Lang takes Georgie and the kids on a magical journey aboard his piano, a remarkable machine that can fly and travel through space and time. With Lang Lang at the keyboard, they bear witness to the story of Anna, who is sent to live in an unfamiliar town when her father loses his job. Anna and her cousin Chip Chip, however, discover a magic piano of their own and set out to find the family Anna left behind. The Flying Machine features a score drawn from many of Chopin's best known pieces, with the story of Anna and Chip Chip presented in stop-motion animation.

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animation, classical-music, concert, cousin, job-loss, magic, piano, single-parent