ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR

By Alison SNOWDEN, David FINE

NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA / OFFICE NATIONAL DU FILM DU CANADA - as SALES All rights, World

Animation - Completed 2018

In the latest animated short from the Oscar®-winning team of Alison Snowden and David Fine (Bob’s Birthday), five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by a canine psychotherapist.

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Toronto - TIFF 2018
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    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Animation, Comedy
    • Countries
    • CANADA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH-CANADA, FRENCH-CANADIAN
    • Duration
    • 14 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Alison SNOWDEN, David FINE
    • Producer(s)
    • Michael FUKUSHIMA (NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA / OFFICE NATIONAL DU FILM DU CANADA)
    • Synopsis
    • Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals.

      In Animal Behaviour, the latest animated short from the Oscar®-winning team of Alison Snowden and David Fine (Bob’s Birthday), five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist.

      The group includes Lorraine, a leech who suffers from separation anxiety; Cheryl, a praying mantis who can’t seem to keep a man; Todd, a pig with an eating disorder; Jeffrey, a bird with guilt issues; and Linda, an obsessive-compulsive cat.

      But this week’s session proves to be a challenge for the group when they’re joined by a reluctant new member: Victor, an ape with anger-management issues. As we watch him navigate his first session, we learn about each animal’s issues and how they’re trying to deal with them, but Victor just doesn’t get it. He sees the group as a bunch of self-obsessed navel gazers.

      This hilarious yet emotional short deals with animal issues that are not unlike our own. Should we learn and adapt, or should others just accept our true nature?
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