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Bob's Birthday

Bob's Birthday

| 12 min

This film took home an Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film. When Margaret plans a celebration for her husband Bob, she underestimates the sudden impact of middle age on his mood. A witty, offbeat animated portrait of a frustrated dentist wrestling with the fundamental issues of life proves that birthdays (and surprise parties) can be very tricky indeed.

This film contains scenes of nudity and/or sexuality. Viewer discretion is advised.

  • director
    Alison Snowden
    David Fine
  • script
    Alison Snowden
    David Fine
  • producer
    Alison Snowden
    David Fine
    David Verrall
  • executive producer
    Barrie McLean
  • animation camera
    Pierre Landry
    Lynda Pelley
    Raymond Dumas
    Robin L.P. Bain
  • sound editing
    Danuta Klis
  • animation
    Alison Snowden
    David Fine
    Janet Perlman
  • voice
    Andy Hamilton
    Harry Enfield
    Alison Snowden
    Andrew Maclachlan
    Tessa Wojiczak
    Sally Grace
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
    Serge Boivin
  • music
    Patrick Godfrey


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Ages 12 to 17

Arts Education - Art
Arts Education - Drama
Health/Personal Development - Human Growth and Development
Health/Personal Development - Mental Health/Stress/Suicide

Discuss differences in expectations between guests, wife and Bob. What holidays are experienced differently by some people, despite expectations of society? How to act when someone is sad? Activity: In groups, students each tell a story about something amusing that happened to them or someone they know. They make drawings, comic strips or collages. One person from each group tells his/her story to class. Discuss what makes a good storytelling performance and what visual art adds.

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