Wild Animal Animation

A SHORT FILM PROGRAM

SUNDAY, APRIL 8 | 11:30 AM | ROUNDHOUSE COMMUNITY ARTS & RECREATION CENTRE
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 | 10:00 AM & 11:45 AM | ROUNDHOUSE COMMUNITY ARTS & RECREATION CENTRE

This collection of the finest international animation features animals in a variety of forms. From stop-motion to hand-drawn to computer generated, these films take us to magical places, explore human nature, and uncover the purpose of life.

Themes: change, meaning of life, friendship, animals, personal growth, tenderness

Recommended for grades 4-6 (ages 7+)

This program screens as part of SUNDAY FUN DAY! and REEL FOCUS for elementary schools.

Birdlime

No dialogue.

In order to trap wild birds, poachers spread a sticky substance called ‘birdlime’ on tree branches. This rich stop motion animation depicts a feathered friend’s journey to freedom while trapped in a cage.

Themes: birds, technology, friendship, trust

Advisory: The conditions that the birds are kept in may be upsetting to some viewers.

 

Dan

No dialogue.

What came first: the chicken or the egg? We may never know, but we do know that when new ideas hatch, they have the potential to grow into something remarkable. In Dan (the Mandarin word for egg), the evolution of a rooster illustrates a journey, which may not end up being what it was expected to be.

Note: Director Chloe Xi Hua will be in attendance for a Q&A

Themes: inspiration, animals, expectation

Fox and the Whale

No dialogue.

A curious fox goes in search of an elusive whale--though the trappings of a traditional narrative do not apply here. Through astral planes and wild landscapes which conjure wonder and awe, the fox finds itself in a strange yet familiar setting, contemplating what it all means. Fox and the Whale is shortlisted for an Academy Award.

Themes: animals, meaning of existence, searching

Poles Apart

It’s winter up North yet the ice seems to be melting; also, the food supply is scarce. A tough-talking, sassy polar bear (voiced by two-time Oscar nominee Helena Bonham Carter) and an aloof, enthusiastically earnest grizzly bear (voiced by Joseph May) end up in an unlikely circumstance, negotiating an unlikely rapport. Can they really be friends with each other, or are they destined to be food? 

Themes: friendship, climate change, food security, bears

Shaman

No dialogue.

Based on an Inuit legend, Shaman recounts a traditional story in which a polar bear is transformed into an iconic mountain in the community of Nain, Labrador. Original animation and throat singing bring this tense narrative to life using elements of landscape and culture that are rarely seen or heard.

Themes: family, landscape, nature, survival, music

The Burden

In Swedish with English subtitles

The sublime banality of a hotel, a fast food joint, a call centre, and a grocery store set the stage for an auto-tuned musical. Whimsical animals sing their existential malaise via dance routines that conjure the magic of Broadway. This inspired stop-motion animation premiered at the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes film festival and won the Cristal Award for Best Short Film in Annecy, France.

Themes: musical, meaning of existence, self-reflection, work