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Christopher Changes His Name

Christopher Changes His Name

| 6 min

This animated short for children tells the story of Christopher, a little boy who didn't want to be called Christopher anymore. Such a common name! When Aunty Gail from Trinidad tells him a story about a Tiger, Christopher changes his name to Tiger. But then he finds a better name. When he has trouble cashing a birthday cheque, he realizes maybe he should stick with his original name... or maybe not?

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
    Cilia Sawadogo
  • animator
    Cilia Sawadogo
  • assistant animator
    Vincent Gauthier
  • infographist
    Gisèle Boileau
  • digital imaging specialist
    Marie-Nicole Tremblay
    Pierre Plouffe
    Normand Gauthier
  • storyteller
    Itah Sadu
  • voice recording director
    Sugith Varughese
  • picture editor
    Phyllis Lewis
  • sound editor
    Leopoldo Gutierrez
  • original music
    Chris Crilly
  • musician
    Patrick Vetter
  • rapper
  • foley artist
    Stéphane Cadotte
    Ariane Picher
  • music recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
    Sylvain Cajelais
  • foley recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
    Sylvain Cajelais
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • post-production co-ordinator
    Éric Barbeau
    Richard Lesage
  • program administration
    Gisèle Guilbault
    Marina Trambas
  • executive producer
    David Verrall
    Isobel Marks
  • producer
    Tamara Lynch


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Ages 5 to 9

Study Guide - Guide 1

Diversity - Identity
English Language Arts - CanLit
Health/Personal Development - Identity

In this animated short film, Christopher finds his name is too common, so he changes it again and again until it causes him a problem at the bank. Everyone has second thoughts about their name at times and this film will be followed by a lively discussion and activities regarding how students feel about their names. Do you know the reason you were given your name? If you could change your name, what would you choose and why? Do you think a person’s name should be chosen by their parents? Why or why not?

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