Kyra Buschor and Constantin Paeplow 2012
Laughing at school with comedy films
What examples of comedy films from our selection of
pedro conti, 2011
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Smith & Foulkes, 2008
Sjaak Rood, 2014
James Woo, 2014
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Léo Brunel, 2016
Maël Gourmelen, 2016
© Maël Gourmelen
Rebecca Manley, 2013
© Rebecca Manley
Watching a comedy film for children at school?No, laughter is not a human trait as Rabelais thought. Some animals like gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos also laugh.
In playful contexts, or under the influence of tickling, laughter is part of the social life of these animal species, especially the youngest.
In humans, too, childhood is a special time for laughter.
Children laugh much more often than adults. Like play, laughter is a natural learning tool and contributes to the sensory, emotional, relational and intellectual development of children.
At school, making people laugh reinforces the playfulness of learning.
Laughter is a direct expression of joy and proves to be an irreplaceable tool in the classroom as it creates a bond between teachers and children.
Our selection of comedy films makes both children and adults laugh.
Having common experiences, watching a comedy film together in the classroom and laughing at the same things with the pupils reinforce this necessary complicity.
"We saw a funny little cartoon with the teacher!" What a pleasure for a child to "see his or her teacher laugh".
"We'll talk about it at the recreation!"
Laughter and moral educationHumour is subjective and people may not be sensitive to someone's humour. What may seem funny to some may be considered by others as mockery or insult. Laughter can be cruel.
Laughter allows us to communicate but also to exclude.
Laugh with others but not at others.
Laughter and levity are not synonymous.
The best comedy filmsChildren, parents, teachers, we are sometimes looking for a good comedy film, a good funny cartoon, a film or video idea to laugh at.
How to find the funniest cartoons?
Which films for young audiences make you laugh?
What is the best funny film for young children?
Our selection of humorous short films presents a variety of worlds, amusing situations, adventures and characters that are both funny and touching.
See also our ranking of
Comic cartoons, activity tracksAll children laugh and naturally develop a sense of humour.
But how do you induce laughter, how do you produce a humorous effect? Children have all experienced laughter, but how do you explain it?
Is laughter communicative? What is the difference between laughing and smiling?
What are the mechanisms of laughter? What do we laugh about and why?
A fascinating topic for philosophers but also for children.
What are the terms to express laughter?Biting, caustic, acerbic, pleasant, light, zany?
Funny, amusing, amusing, funny, hilarious, wacky, ridiculous?
Derision, mockery or zaniness?
Children are often familiar with the expression "die of laughter".
But do they know "laughing heartily" or "laughing reluctantly"?
In french, rire jaune, rire toute bas, rire aux larmes, rire aux anges, rire dans sa barbe.
Interesting to highlight the cultural and social dimension of laughter!
At what age is laughter no longer just a spontaneous expression of joy?
Types of comedyAfter watching the comedy films, differentiate and identify with the students the different forms of humour.
Explain the different comic devices, the categories of laughter?
What kind of comedy does such a film use?
Short list of types of comedy
Comedy of wordsWord games, puns.
Comedy of gesturesMimics, grimaces
Situational comedySituation of a character in the story, intrigues, surprises, misunderstandings, misunderstandings, twists.
Comedy of characterExaggeration of a human defect.
Grotesque humourVery pronounced deformation, bizarre appearance.
Absurdist humourLack of logic, nonsense.
Burlesque humourExtravagant, irrational.
Observational humourCaricaturing everyday situations or aspects of reality.
CaricatureAmplification of certain characteristics.
ParodyImitate a person's style.
SatireMaking fun of a subject with the intention of provoking and making people think.
Black humourMaking fun of sad or unpleasant things.
IronySaying the opposite of what you think, the opposite of what you want to be heard.
Self-deprecatingLaughing at yourself.
Second degree humourNot to be taken literally!
Dramatic comedyThis film genre uses the characteristics of comedy for dramatic purposes.
Romantic comedyA romantic comedy is a type of love film that humorously portrays the love story between two people.
Are you a teacher, a primary school teacher? Are you looking for a short comedy film for young audiences, a good cartoon for the little ones?
Want to watch a funny movie for kids online? We help you find the funniest cartoons to watch at school.
Looking for some fun? Do you think that humorous videos or films for your students can be both entertaining and educational?
Découvrez notre sélection des meilleurs animés comiques ! We classify all comedy cartoons by themes and keywords:
Adventures, oddities, jokes, situational comedy, laughter, emotions, heroes, magic, wonder, fantasy.
Have you made a short comedy film for children? Have you created a funny story, a funny character?
Your film is suitable for children and you want to present it to a wider audience? Submit your comedy short film in live action or animation! Do you know any comic directors or cartoonists? Have you watched a "funny cartoon", "funny cartoon" recently?
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