Big Drive

This short animation film tells the story of a family road trip across the Canadian prairies set in the 1970s. In an era before in-car movies and video games, 4 sisters squeeze into the back of the family car for a long journey. While the parents keep a steady watch on the road ahead, restlessness gradually gives way to mayhem in the car’s close quarters. Just before the ride becomes unbearable, the sisters are inspired to combine their creative energy and the big drive becomes an even bigger adventure.

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Anita Lebeau
Anita Lebeau
original music
Dan Frechette
Nathalie Daudet
Emma Collins
Annie Rose Daudet
Maggie Collins
Anita Lebeau
Anita Lebeau
Chris Cormier
voice recording
Norman Dugas
John Hildebrandt
sound editing
Howard Rissin
Ben Wytinck
Jean Paul Vialard
Derek Mazur
executive producer
Derek Mazur
Michael Scott


  • MelBennett

    “Another NFB animated gem! Conjures up memories of seemingly endless long summer drives in Canada. If only my brother and I had the imagination of the siblings in this film to transform the drudgery into a magical journey of discovery where the passing landscapes outside come into the crowded hot car and enliven the backseat into a whimsical playground.” — MelBennett, 21 Jul 2014

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