SUPERGIRL IS PART OF the Preschool Poets, a series of eight poems composed and performed by preschool-aged kids and interpreted into short films by animation artists around the world.
“Sometimes I want to be a superhero.
And sometimes I want to fly up high – SO HIGH!
and through the clouds!
And sometimes I would like to be Supergirl!
I would like to kick
cause that’s what a super girl does
Sometimes I like to pretend I’m in ice
And my hands and my feet –
cause ice makes you do NOTHING.”
THIS MIGTHT SHOCK YOU - THE MAKING OF PRESCHOOL POETS
“This Might Shock You” goes behind the scenes of the animated series, Preschool Poets. For nearly a decade, resident artist Nancy Kangas led a poetry program for preschool-aged children at Columbus Early Learning Centers on the Near East Side of Columbus. She was struck with how clearly her kids wrote about what they loved and feared. They want bullets to relax, lions to roar, and kids to climb up to the sun.
nancy and documentary filmmaker Josh Kun asked award-winning international artists to animate these poems, and the resulting handcrafted animations show a depth and complexity of expression we don’t expect from 4-year-olds. The films are fueled by the children’s untethered imaginations, but they open a portal to the real world of growing up in the inner city.
written and performed by penny
Production: Nancy Kangas & Joshua Kun
Creative Direction & Animation: Henrique Barone
Art Direction & Character Design: Fe Ribeiro
Sound Design: Oakhouse Films