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Mind Me Good Now!

2005 8 min
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In this animated short 2 children, Tina and Dalby, disobey their mama with almost tragic consequences. Having strayed away from home, they run afoul of a local "cocoya," a wicked spirit that loves to eat little boys! But through Tina's resourcefulness and cunning, the cocoya is vanquished and the children run back to mama's forgiving arms. 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.

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Mind Me Good Now!
  • Talespinners
    Talespinners
    2000 15 films
    Talespinners, for ages 5-9, includes seven tales of children who confront challenges with ingenuity and creativity. Each story brings facets of a different cultural community to the screen, through a setting, accent, folk element, tradition, particular food or vocabulary. Young viewers will be captivated by the adventures and determination of the Talespinners’ children. This collection includes four original tales and three inspired by books. The stories have particular appeal to modern kids growing up in a complicated world.

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In this animated short 2 children, Tina and Dalby, disobey their mama with almost tragic consequences. Having strayed away from home, they run afoul of a local "cocoya," a wicked spirit that loves to eat little boys! But through Tina's resourcefulness and cunning, the cocoya is vanquished and the children run back to mama's forgiving arms.

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
    Chris Cormier
    Derek Cummings
  • producer
    Michael Scott
  • animation
    Chris Cormier
  • additional animation
    Derek Cummings
  • backgrounds
    Chris Cormier
    Anita Lebeau
  • character design
    Derek Cummings
  • digital paint
    John Tanasiciuk
  • compositing
    John Tanasiciuk
  • writer
    Sugith Varughese
  • cast
    Alison Sealy-Smith
    Ashley Archer
    Raven Dauda
    Demetrius Joyette
    Arlene Duncan
  • narrator
    Roy Lewis
  • original music composer
    Casimiro Nhussi
  • original music performer
    Casimiro Nhussi
  • sound editor
    John Schritt
  • sound mixer
    Howard Rissin
  • foley artist
    Russ Dyck
  • online editor
    Tony Wytinck
  • production supervisor
    Scott Collins
  • program administrator
    Cyndi Forcand
  • executive producer
    Michael Scott
    Graydon McCrea

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Ages 5 to 9

In this animated short film, we see that sometimes children will do the opposite of what they are told. Dalby and his sister are warned not to cross a bridge on their Caribbean island. When they do, they are held captive by the wicked Cocoyo who wants to eat Dalby. Discussion questions include: Why did the children cross the bridge? Have you ever disobeyed your parents? How did Dalby’s sister outsmart Cocoyo? Did you feel afraid for the children? In what ways is this story like Hansel and Gretel?

Mind Me Good Now!
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