Nunavut Animation Lab: Qalupalik

Nunavut Animation Lab: Qalupalik

This animated short tells the story of Qalupalik, a part-human sea monster that lives deep in the Arctic Ocean and preys on children who do not listen to their parents or elders. That is the fate of Angutii, a young boy who refuses to help out in his family’s camp and who plays by the shoreline... until one day Qalupalik seizes him and drags him away. Angutii's father, a great hunter, must then embark on a lengthy kayak journey to try and bring his son home.

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Film Credits

Ame Papatsie
Ame Papatsie
Ame Papatsie
Sam Tutanuak
sound design
Christopher Talbot
Daniel Gies
sound mix
Serge Boivin
Debbie Brisebois
Derek Mazur
executive producer
Derek Mazur
Debbie Brisebois

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  • LilBakht

    “This is a brilliant bit of storytelling. The art lends to the story, rather than distracting from it and is very true to the Northern style of narrative. Also the ending was excellent.” — LilBakht, 14 Jun 2012

  • 2teach

    “This is a beautifully crafted video representing a traditional tale intended to scare children into staying away from danger in much the same way that European fairy tales scare children into following their parents' safety rules. I love the way the father is shown to value his child above all else that would normally be highly treasured finds for a hunter needing to provide for his family in a harsh environment like the Arctic. Well done!” — 2teach, 26 Mar 2012

  • sallyblender

    “Iloveanimals, you are full of it. ” — sallyblender, 22 Dec 2011

  • Iloveanimals

    “I think the concept of this story is cruel and I think that the comments on how passionate the father is about hunting poor innocent walruses babies and polar bears is unnecessary. Children should learn not to kill.” — Iloveanimals, 30 Oct 2011

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