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Asthma Tech

2006 7 min
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In this animated short, young Winston, who suffers from chronic asthma, isn’t able to participate in the everyday activities of his peers and classmates. He copes with the predicament through his vivid imagination, with paper and crayons. On one particularly rainy afternoon, Winston discovers that the magic of imagination has the power to transform and empower, and his skills and talents save the day. Part of the Talespinners collection, which uses vibrant animation to bring popular children’s stories from a wide range of cultural communities to the screen.

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Asthma Tech
  • Talespinners
    Talespinners
    2000 15 films
    Talespinners, for ages 5-9, includes seven tales of children who confront challenges with ingenuity and creativity. Each story brings facets of a different cultural community to the screen, through a setting, accent, folk element, tradition, particular food or vocabulary. Young viewers will be captivated by the adventures and determination of the Talespinners’ children. This collection includes four original tales and three inspired by books. The stories have particular appeal to modern kids growing up in a complicated world.

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In this animated short, young Winston, who suffers from chronic asthma, isn’t able to participate in the everyday activities of his peers and classmates. He copes with the predicament through his vivid imagination, with paper and crayons. On one particularly rainy afternoon, Winston discovers that the magic of imagination has the power to transform and empower, and his skills and talents save the day.

Part of the Talespinners collection, which uses vibrant animation to bring popular children’s stories from a wide range of cultural communities to the screen.
  • director
    Jonathan Ng
  • animator
    Jonathan Ng
  • writer
    Jonathan Ng
  • animation assistance
    Monica Rho
    Young Mee Lee
    Huy Tran
  • voice
    Cameron Ansell
    Annie Bovaird
    Billy Rosemberg
    Raveena Rothman-Rudnicki
    Bailey Stocker
  • original music
    Luigi Allemano
  • sound design
    Luigi Allemano
  • digital imaging specialist
    Susan Gourley
  • lead infographist
    Randall Finnerty
  • infographist
    Neerajkumar Patel
    Jason Smalridge
    Louis-André Fortin
  • foley
    Karla Baumgardner
  • voice recording
    Luc Léger
    Eric Apps
  • music recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • foley recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • online editing
    Denis Gathelier
  • off-line editor
    Jason Lee
  • technical coordination
    Julie Laperrière
    Richard Lesage
    Jelena Popovic
  • studio administration
    Gisèle Guilbault
    Rosalina Di Sario
    Jocelyne Lalonde
  • marketing manager
    Hélène Tanguay
  • executive producer
    Sally Bochner
    David Verrall
  • producer
    Michael Fukushima

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Ages 5 to 10

In this animated short film, Winston is frustrated by his asthma, especially when he must miss playing outside at recess. His constant coughing and use of his inhaler cause him to be judged harshly by the other children. Why do the other children exclude Winston from games? Why does Winston feel uncomfortable and different from his classmates? How does Winston cope with his frustration? What changes so that the other children accept Winston?

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