Symfunny Toons™ by Leslie Stifelman

Symfunny Toons produces award-winning children’s programming about music. From composition to performance, we bring together a group of musical kids from all parts of the globe to create a piece of music- illustrating the power music has to unite people in a single voice.

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"I wanted to find a way through television to communicate how essential musical experiences are to children. The music in me is a love-letter to those children everywhere who are playing their hearts out."

-Leslie Stifelman accepting the 66th Peabody Award for The Music in Me


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Episode 1- The Music in Me: Children's Recitals

This 30-minute family documentary from Symfunny Toons and HBO profiles six young musicians between the ages of  7 and 12 who, though they live in different parts of the country, share a love of music and possess undeniable skill with their chosen instruments. With their virtuosic performances of both classics and lesser-known tunes from the traditions of classical, jazz, and many forms of roots music, the featured musicians open their hearts and share their passion for living musical lives.




Episode 2- The Music in Me: A Family Special

Symfunny Toons and HBO asked young musicians from all over the U.S. to send in videotapes of the music they play. The joyful result is this refreshing look at kids from diverse cultural backgrounds, each playing the music they love. Among the young people who are introduced are: 11-year-old Neidin, a tin whistle player; 10-year-old Tony, a jazz pianist; and 11-year-old Maddie, a fiddle player.




Episode 3: The Leopards Take Manhattan

Prepare for a fun-filled, emotional journey with 52 young musicians from a variety of backgrounds! This delightful film--the final installment in Symfunny Toons and HBO's acclaimed 'The Music in Me' specials--profiles the young members of the Louisville Leopard Percussionists as they embark on a trip from their Kentucky home to the Big Apple.