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Wild Life

13 January 2012

One of those rare free quality streaming opportunities that don’t occur every day: Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby’s latest animated short “Wild Life” (they were nominated for an Academy Award in 1999 for “When the Day Breaks“) is now streaming on the National Film Board of Canda‘s website.

The short (which unfortunately will only be available for a few days) brings the story of a  dapper young remittance man who is sent from England to Alberta to attempt ranching in the early XXth century. However, his affection for badminton, bird watching and liquor leaves him little time for wrangling cattle. It soon becomes clear that nothing in his refined upbringing has prepared him for the harsh conditions of the New World…

This animated short is about the beauty of the prairie, the pang of being homesick and the folly of living dangerously out of context. A film which can be downloaded for 4$ on the NFB website and will surely keep collecting many awards during 2012 (already won the 2011 Canadian Film Institute (CFI) Award for Best Canadian Animation and now nominated for next month’s Annie awards).

Still from "Wild Life" by Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby
Still from "Wild Life" by Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby

Our admired crew @ Carton Brew initially had the exclusive on-line debut of the short over a week ago, and now we’re all able to enjoy this inexplicably beautiful survival (errrr…) story. Enjoy!

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