Family Fun Films



Night becomes day, and night wants everything to stay dark. A little person finds a friendly pocket to fit in, and packing a suitcase becomes a family bonding affair. Fun for the whole family, these films dazzle and amaze our inner child with some of the year's best short animation from Canada and around the world.

Themes: food, animals, travel, stop-motion, family, friends, art

Recommended for ages 4+

This program screens as part of SUNDAY FUN DAY!

How to Make Hamburgers

No dialogue.

The title says it all. Stop motion wizard Alexander Unger makes a delectable burger out of plasticine in this simple, but to the point, mixed media assemblage of ingredients. 

Themes: food, animate anything

Mr. Night Has a Day Off

No dialogue.

Sometimes making a drastic change is as easy as flicking a switch on your day off. Changes are afoot when Mr. Night takes a break for the day! A comical and ambitious stop-motion concept executed with precision and flair, this film was an audience favourite at the Annecy Animation Film Festival in France. 

Themes: live-action/animation, mischief, science, comedy

Negative Space

Sam's dad is constantly leaving on business trips. Since there aren’t so many opportunities to connect, Sam bonds with his dad over the finer points of efficiently packing a suitcase, a skill that he's naturally adept at. Effective travel preparation is elevated to the level of high art in this heartwarming and dry humoured stop motion animation, which just happens to be nominated for an Academy Award.

Themes: family (father/son), death, memory

Advisory: A funeral scene is handled with humour.

The Little Bird and the Caterpillar

No dialogue.

High up in a maple tree, a little bird cherishes the green leaves that its home is made of. Resolutely, a hungry caterpillar sets out to eat the appetizing leaves, and a comical pursuit ensues.

P.S. There will be farting.

Themes: animals and insects, motivation, friendship, survival

The Mountain of SGaana

This magical tale entwines traditional animation with formal elements of Haida art. A young fisherman cruises a rugged shoreline as a tiny mouse in Haida regalia appears and starts to knit a blanket. A story unfolds on the blanket, illustrating this ancient story. When a SGaana (the Haida word for “killer whale”) captures master hunter Naa-Naa-Simgat, and drags him down into a supernatural world, the courageous Kuuga Kuns sets off to save him. Will they manage to escape, or will they become part of this deep sea spirit world forever?

Themes: nature, legend, love, environment, folklore

The Pocket Man

No dialogue.

A little man lives alone in an old suitcase on the sidewalk. With so much foot traffic, it’s not the safest place for a home. One day this little man meets a much bigger man, and each having something unique to offer, they end up helping one another. A friendship like no other is born.  

Themes: friends as family, disability, new perspectives

Ukaliq and Kalla Go Fishing

Two unlikely friends, a lemming and an Arctic hare, spend the day ice fishing. The lemming embodies the calm, thoughtful nature of traditional hunters and those that live in the Arctic. By contrast, the rabbit is well-meaning, but impatient. Ukaliq and Kalla is an Inuit tale about the importance of being kind, thoughtful, and prepared for whatever comes.

Themes: friendship, hunting, The North, patience, environment