Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is. - Oscar Wilde
Animation, Art, and Other Shiny Things
The classic tale of Cinderella – with penguins.
Yet another wonderful animation from the National Film Board of Canada, and directed by Janet Perlman.
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.
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.
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.
This NFBC short was both an Oscar and Annie selection in 2012 and tells the story of a boy’s attempts to fend off boredom. The grandma’s candy dish resonated particularly with me.
I came across this short some years ago on the Cartoon Network show O Canada which was a weekly compilation of animations from the National Film Board of Canada. (a most wonderful institution, imho) Alongside other classics like The Cat Came Back and The Log Driver’s Waltz, The Big Snit is one of those shorts that was an immediate classic.
In this animated short from Richard Condie (who also animated The Big Snit, a classic itself), an old fool meets a young fool at a crossroads in the 14th century. The old fool stays behind while the young fool skips blindly down the wrong road. The old fool must then teach his young apprentice about the consequences of taking the wrong road. A quirky tale told without words.
(have i mentioned how much i love the national film board of canada?)
Animator Craig Welch gives us a glimpse into the surreal world of a man who’s obsession is the dispassionate study, and control, of the world around him.
Via the National Film Board of Canada.