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The End of Pinky

2013 8 min
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This short animation adapted from a short story by Heather O’Neill, who also narrates the film, follows three fallen angels seeking companionship in Montreal’s red-light district. The survivor of traumatic childhood experiences, Johnny is a handsome thief who finds himself drawn to Mia’s fragile beauty. Both have a soft spot for Johnny’s best friend and partner in crime, Pinky. But when one of Pinky’s endearing quirks sets off a tragicomic chain of events, Johnny plots his revenge with methodical detachment. Peopled with characters living on the margins of society, this film casts light on the frailty of human relationships. The …

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This short animation adapted from a short story by Heather O’Neill, who also narrates the film, follows three fallen angels seeking companionship in Montreal’s red-light district. The survivor of traumatic childhood experiences, Johnny is a handsome thief who finds himself drawn to Mia’s fragile beauty. Both have a soft spot for Johnny’s best friend and partner in crime, Pinky. But when one of Pinky’s endearing quirks sets off a tragicomic chain of events, Johnny plots his revenge with methodical detachment. Peopled with characters living on the margins of society, this film casts light on the frailty of human relationships. The film features hand-drawn pencil and pastel animation rendered in stereoscopic 3D.
This work deals with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised.
  • director
    Claire Blanchet
  • writer
    Claire Blanchet
  • animator
    Claire Blanchet
  • narrator
    Heather O'Neill
  • voice
    Marc-André Grondin
  • editor
    Jelena Popovic
  • original music composer
    Geneviève Levasseur
  • sound design
    Sam Vipond
  • sound editing
    Sam Vipond
  • musician
    Geneviève Levasseur
    Brigitte Dajczer
    Jean-Philippe Gilbert
    Marc-André Landry
    Stefan Schneider
  • music consultant
    Jean St-Jean
  • design
    Claire Blanchet
    Élise Simard
    Rebecca St. John
    Eva Cvijanovic
    Jonathan Ng
    David Seitz
    Lauren Goldman
  • additional animation
    Claire Blanchet
    Élise Simard
    Rebecca St. John
    Eva Cvijanovic
    Jonathan Ng
    David Seitz
    Lauren Goldman
  • compositing
    Élise Simard
    David Seitz
  • lighting
    Élise Simard
    David Seitz
  • translation
    Paul Gagné
    Lori Saint-Martin
  • script advisor
    Ben Klein
  • titles
    Rebecca St. John
  • digital imaging specialist
    Éloi Champagne
    Randall Finnerty
    Susan Gourley
  • technical coordination
    Steve Hallé
    Julie Laperrière
  • online editor
    Denis Gathelier
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • music recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • voice recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • foley
    Karla Baumgardner
    Rod Thibeault
  • executive producer
    Roddy McManus
    David Verrall
  • administration
    Victoire-Émilie Bessette
    Rosalina Di Sario
    Gisèle Guilbault
  • marketing manager
    Melissa Wheeler
  • producer
    Michael Fukushima

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Ages 15 to 18

Read “The End of Pinky” and address how the adaptation remained true to the original and where the script diverges from Heather O’Neill’s text. If you had to produce an animated version of a short story, which one would you option the rights for? Explain why. Create a storyboard for a short story that your class has studied. Present the storyboards as if you were pitching a project to a major film studio.

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