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Walking

In this classic NFB short, animator Ryan Larkin uses an artist's sensibility to illustrate the way people walk. He employs a variety of techniques–line drawing, colour wash, etc.–to catch and reproduce the motion of people afoot. The springing gait...

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Tuktumit

This gorgeously-rendered animation explores the way traditional hunting in Nunavut has evolved so that it can continue to play a vital role in contemporary Inuit culture.

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The Gift

This stop-motion tale explores the historical question of whether smallpox-infected blankets were given by European settlers to Indigenous populations unwittingly, or as a deadly "gift." 

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Rhapsody in Two Languages

Produced as part of the Canadian Cameo series, this stunning film by Gordon Sparling follows in the tradition of the "city symphonies" made by filmmakers such as Dziga Vertov and Walter Ruttmann in the final years of silent film. A...

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Street Musique

Animator Ryan Larkin does a visual improvisation to music performed by a popular group presented as sidewalk entertainers. His take-off point is the music, but his own beat is more boisterous than that of the musicians. The illustrations range...

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The Animal Movie

This NFB animation helps children explore why and how animals move as they do. A little boy discovers that he cannot compete with a monkey, a snake or a horse by imitating the way they move. He can only...

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Nunavut Animation Lab: The Bear Facts

This short animation from the NFB's Nunavut Animation Lab tells the story of a colonial explorer whose sailboat lands on Arctic ice, under the stunned eye of an Inuit hunter. The explorer sets down his flags, while the hunter, obviously...

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Precision

Here is the famed Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride, filmed in a way that gives it all the unison of a chorus line. An extremely sophisticated exercise in patterned movement of horses and riders, the Musical Ride entails...

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Fraction

Without spoken language, the film follows the story of an elderly artist who, caught in a battle of time, struggles to complete his body work. Produced over a span of four years, thousands of handcrafted drawings were created to...

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Hunger

Rapidly dissolving images form a satire of self-indulgence in a world plagued by hunger and poverty in this Oscar-nominated film, among the first to use computer animation technology.

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Cosmic Zoom

A visually stunning exploration of the infinity of space and the ultimate minuteness of matter. 

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