The NFB is committed to respecting your privacy

We use cookies to ensure that our site works efficiently, as well as for advertising purposes.

If you do not wish to have your information used in this way, you can modify your browser settings before continuing your visit.

Learn more
Cactus Swing

Cactus Swing

| 5 min

Based on a song by the Great Western Orchestra, this animated short traces the adventures of Pete, the North West Mounted Police officer who is awakened in the badlands by a varmint band and witnesses a cactus line dance.

  • director
    Beth Portman
    Susan Crandall
  • producer
    Susan Crandall
    Jerry Krepakevich
  • executive producer
    Graydon McCrea
  • animation camera
    Tom Brydon
    Alvin Chong
    Keith Milne
  • editing
    Gerald K. Wilson
  • re-recording
    Paul Sharpe
  • animation
    Beth Portman
  • music
    Guy Jude Côté


Enjoy the NFB experience on your favourite device. 


Ages 7 to 11

Arts Education - Dance
Geography - Physical Geography/Geology

All grades can participate in forming groups and making up a line dance of their own to present in front of the class. From grades 4 to 6, research badlands in the United States and Canada. Ask students if they notice any differences or similarities. Students can create a diorama of the badlands.

Cactus Swing
Purchase options
Also available
Already paid to see this film?

Embed this code on your site

Video player width

by Reset