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Oscar-Winning Animated Shorts

Oscar-Winning Animated Shorts

A collection of Oscar-winning animated shorts from the National Film Board of Canada.

Bob’s Birthday - Surprise birthday parties can be risky. Especially when the guest of honor is turning 40!

The Danish Poet - This short animation follows Kasper, a poet whose creative well has run dry, on a holiday to Norway to meet the famous writer Sigrid Undset.

Every Child - This film is the Canadian contribution to an hour-long feature film celebrating UNESCO’s Year of the Child (1979). It illustrates one of the ten principles of the Declaration of Children’s Rights: every child is entitled to a name and a nationality.

Neighbours - Norman McLaren employs the principles normally used to put drawings or puppets into motion to animate live actors.

Ryan - This animated short from Chris Landreth is based on the life of Ryan Larkin, a Canadian animator who produced some of the most influential animated films of his time.

The Sand Castle - This short animated film features the sandman and the creatures he sculpts out of sand.

Special Delivery - Ralph’s day gets off to a bad start when he dismisses his wife’s orders to clear the snow from the front walk.

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Oscar-Winning Animated Shorts
  • Bob’s Birthday

    Directed by David Fine and Alison Snowdon • Animation • 1993 • 12 minutes

    Surprise birthday parties can be risky. Especially when the guest of honour is turning 40! When Margaret plans a celebration for her husband, Bob, she underestimates the sudden impact of middle age on his mood. A witty, of...

  • The Danish Poet

    Directed by Torill Kove • Animation • With Liv Ullmann • 2006 • 14 minutes

    This Oscar®-winning short animation follows Kasper, a poet whose creative well has run dry, on a holiday to Norway to meet the famous writer Sigrid Undset. Kasper attempts to answer some pretty big questions: can we trace...

  • Every Child

    Directed by Eugene Fedorenko • Animation • 1979 • 6 minutes

    Produced at the invitation of the United Nations Organization to celebrate UNICEF's Declaration of Children's Rights, this film is the Canadian contribution to the hour-long feature film consisting of ten six-minute segments in celebrat...

  • Neighbours

    Directed by Norman McLaren • Animation • 1952 • 8 minutes

    Two neighbours live side by side in harmony until a flower grows on the dividing line between their properties. Who does it belong to? The argument that follows ends up with both neighbours in their graves. The most famous of Norman McLar...

  • Ryan

    Directed by Chris Landreth • Animation • 2004 • 14 minutes

    Ryan is based on the life of Ryan Larkin, a Canadian animator who, 30 years ago, produced some of the most influential animated films of his time. In the film, we hear the voices of prominent animators and artists discussing Ryan's work,...

  • The Sand Castle

    Directed by Co Hoedeman • Animation • 1977 • 13 minutes

    A fable of great humour and appeal, The Sand Castle is the story of the Sandman and the creatures he sculpts out of sand. Under his direction, they build a castle and celebrate the completion of their new home, only to be interrupted by an ...

  • Special Delivery

    Directed by John Weldon and Eunice Macaulay • Animation • 1978 • 7 minutes

    The first big mistake Ralph makes is not clearing the snow from the front walk, and his life goes downhill from that point on. By the end of the story, the mailman has fatally slipped on his job, Alice, his wife, doesn't ...