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Hothouse 8 - Meltdown

Hothouse 8 - Meltdown

| 1 min

In this short animation, a polar bear must try his luck finding a job in the big city when the last of his Arctic ice environment disappears. It’s hard fitting into the human world, however, so this bear finds a more creative solution to his predicament.

Produced as part of the 8th edition of the NFB’s Hothouse apprenticeship.

  • writer
    Carrie Mombourquette
  • director
    Carrie Mombourquette
  • animator
    Carrie Mombourquette
  • mentoring director
    Munro Ferguson
  • music composer
    Luigi Allemano
  • sound editor
    Luigi Allemano
  • musician
    Luigi Allemano
    Isabelle Bozzini
    Lori Freedman
    Clemens Merkel
    Brigitte Poulin
  • editor
    Jason Lee
  • digital imaging
    Éloi Champagne
    Randall Finnerty
  • foley
    Karla Baumgardner
  • recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • mix
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • on-line
    Denis Pilon
  • programming
    Simon Meloche
    Olivier Gélinas Richard
    Louis-Julien Gingras
    Édouard Lanctôt
  • technical co-ordination
    Steve Hallé
  • administration
    Victoire-Émilie Bessette
    Rosalina Di Sario
    Elaine Largie
  • executive producer
    Roddy McManus
  • producer
    Michael Fukushima
  • associate producer
    Jelena Popovic


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Ages 5 to 18

Geography - Environmental Issues
Geography - The Arctic

Warnings: Depiction of Alcohol


  • What problem was the polar bear facing?
    • This is a way to gauge your students’ interest as well as begin a discussion on climate change.
  • What were the different jobs that the polar bear tried?
    • Use this question to gauge attention and comprehension of the film.
  • Solving the Problem
    • Ask your students to draw a picture depicting how they would help the polar bear solve its problem.

Hothouse 8 - Meltdown
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