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Balablok

Another short from the incomparable National Film Board of Canada and the animation legend Bretislav Pojar.

Bretislav Pojar’s animated short explores the human phenomenon of resorting to violence over reason. […] Winner of the 1973 Grand Prix du Festival for Short Film at the International Film Festival in Cannes.

What On Earth?

This entirely factual documentary comes via the National Film Board of Canada.

This animated short proposes what many earthlings have long feared — that the automobile has inherited the planet. When life on Earth is portrayed as one long, unending conga-line of cars, a crew of extra-terrestrial visitors understandably assume they are the dominant race. While humans, on the other hand, are merely parasites.

Story and animation by Les Drew and Kaj Pindal.

The Underground Movie

A fun little excursion to the earth’s core without having to deal with Doug McClure.

Everyone has wondered what it would be like to dig right through to the other side of the Earth. […] Dubbed “Old Chucknose” and equipped with amazing gadgetry, it bores through every layer of the Earth’s crust and center.

Via the National Film Board of Canada and directed by Les Drew in 1972.

The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin

George and Rosemary

For this Valentine’s Day I offer up a wonderful little short film from the National Film Board of Canada about the awkwardness of a crush. It is also a timely reminder that crushes and romance happen at any age.

I love the animations that the NFB looses into the wild, and I love my own Valentine, Mrs Crow, who’s shared my nest for nigh on three decades now. And I am here to tell ya, indeed, romance is not only for the young.

Spinnolio

A fun little vignette from the National Film Board of Canada to start the week off.

A modern day Gepetto sends his son into the world to find success…and Spinnolio does just that. I think we all know a Spinnolio at our workplace.

Animated by John Weldon.

 

At Home with Mrs Hen

A National Film Board of Canada classic and good short to start the year with. A reminder that sometimes you need to just take a moment out of the fray. Written and animated by Tali

[A] comical tale that pokes fun at motherhood. It depicts the temper tantrums of a child and the efforts a mother makes to set her son on the right path. You don’t need to be a chicken to relate.

Dimanche (Sunday) – Patrick Doyan

Runaway

The Big Snit – Richard Condie

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