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Christmas Cracker

Christmas Cracker

The NFB's 18th Oscar®-nominated film.

This short animation consists of three segments that take a playful look at Christmas: a rendition of "Jingle Bells" in which paper cut-out figures dance, a dime-store rodeo of tin toys, and a story of decorating the perfect Christmas tree.

  • director
    Norman McLaren
    Jeff Hale
    Gerald Potterton
    Grant Munro
  • executive producer
    Tom Daly
  • music
    Maurice Blackburn
    Eldon Rathburn
  • cast
    Grant Munro


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Ages 12 to 17

Ethics and Religious Culture - Religious Diversity/Heritage
Media Education - Film Animation

Before viewing, create an anchor chart with the students on Christmas, its rituals and symbols. After viewing, add on more ideas if needed. Follow same method with a different holiday and ask students to create an artistic rendering of it (music, drama /puppets, dance, visual art) in the style of the film. Focus on popular symbols as well as authentic aspects.  Divide the film into its 3 "acts", have students write a narrative story/essay to go with one act.

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