EFF Animated Retrospective
(c) Old Man and the Sea
Environmental Film Festival Animated Retrospective
Enjoy some of the most popular animated films screened during the Festival’s 20 years!
Introduced by Flo Stone, President and Founder, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.
TURTLE WORLD (Australia, 1996, 9 min.) A lone sea turtle travels through space, her breath creating a whole new atmosphere filled with forests, rivers, mountains and enterprising monkeys . . . so enterprising that they are forced to learn about sustainability the hard way. Directed by Nick Hilligoss. Produced by the Natural History Unit, Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
OLD MAN AND THE SEA (Canada, 1999, 22 min.) Based on Ernest Hemingway’s classic 1952 novella, this animation showcases Aleksandr Petrov’s technique of painting pastels on glass. He and his son, Dmitri, painted an incredible total of 29,000 images for the film, whose style can be characterized as a type of Romantic realism. People, animals and landscapes are painted and animated in a realistic fashion, but there are also sections where Petrov attempts to visually show a character’s inner thoughts and dreams, such as a scene where the fisherman dreams that he and the marlin are brothers swimming through the sea and the sky. Directed by Aleksandr Petrov. Produced by Jean Yves Martel and Shizuo Ohashi. 1999 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
FOR THE BIRDS (USA, 2000, 4 min.) A group of snooty birds roosting on a telephone wire get their just desserts when a bigger goofy bird drops in. Directed by Ralph Eggleston. Produced by Pixar. Executive Producer: John Lasseter. 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES (L’HOMME QUI PLANTAIT DES ARBRES) (Canada, 1987, 30 min.) A shepherd plants thousands of trees, turning a dry, windy and barren land into an oasis. The seeds he plants are the symbol of all our actions, good and bad, which have far-reaching consequences we can scarcely imagine. It is up to us to think and act in accordance with our hopes for the future, and, if possible, to leave behind a world more beautiful and promising than the one we inherited. Based on the story by Jean Giono. Narrated by Christopher Plummer. Directed by Frédéric Back. 1988 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
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