ANIMATED FILMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD Series: LET'S TALK ABOUT ART

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Pixar they are not. But if you want to see the art of animation at work, be sure to catch these international animated films -- some classic, some new, some rare, all family friendly -- at this year's Three Rivers Film Festival. Now in its 32nd year, Pittsburgh's largest film festival runs Nov. 8-23.

The festival venues are Regent Square Theater, Edgewood; Harris Theater, Downtown; Melwood Screening Room, Oakland; and Waterworks Cinemas, Aspinwall. Information: www.3RFF.com.

* "Animated Film Program from the Congo"

Animation artist Jean Michel Kibushi's magical films are rarely screened in the United States. Each film is a mini-world unto itself, sprung forth from his brilliant imagination to celebrate the Congo's rich culture. Drawing from traditional Congolese folktales, he uses drawings, cutouts, models and claymation to summon a vision of the past and present. (With English subtitles; 70 min.) 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 6 p.m. Nov. 14; Harris Theater.

* "Grave of the Fireflies"

Rereleased for its 25th anniversary, this profound anti-war film, directed by Isao Takahata, is praised by critics around the world as a masterpiece. Set during the final months of World War II, it's the story of two orphaned Japanese siblings, teenager Seita and little sister Setsuko. …