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In this animated short, an oafish ghoul and his soft exposed brain are met with ruin when the brain is unexpectedly killed. Though paralyzed, the ghoul attains a fresh brain and is fed with new life.

Produced as part of the 5th edition of the NFB’s Hothouse apprenticeship.

  • writer
    Brandon Blommaert
  • director
    Brandon Blommaert
  • mentoring director
    Alison Reiko Loader
    Janet Perlman
    Steve Woloshen
  • music
    Luigi Allemano
  • sound design
    Luigi Allemano
  • editor
    Jelena Popovic
  • digital imaging
    Susan Gourley
    Louis-André Fortin
  • musician
    Mariane Croteau
  • foley artist
    Karla Baumgardner
  • sound recorder
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • mix
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • technical coordinator
    Julie Laperrière
  • online editor
    Yannick Carrier
  • marketing
    Mia Desroches
    Patrick Viegas
  • administration
    Gisèle Guilbault
    Rosalina Di Sario
  • executive producer
    David Verrall
  • producer
    Michael Fukushima
  • associate producer
    Maral Mohammadian


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Ages 17 to 18

Family Studies/Home Economics - Aging/Death and Dying
Health/Personal Development - Human Growth and Development
Media Education - Film Animation

Warnings: Graphic imagery


  • The film’s creator uses animation to convey complex and abstract themes; do you think that animation is a good medium for this purpose? Why or why not?
  • What are some of the themes that you believe the film’s creator is trying to convey?
  • Style Copy
    • There are countless different styles of animation; have your students attempt to imitate the film’s style to become more familiar with any animation tools they may have at their disposal.

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