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A Monster's Calling

A Monster's Calling

| 5 min

A Monster's Calling is a humorous animated film about the nature of personal anxieties, and body image. An "under-the-bed" monster wanders through a slumbering household, wreaking typical monster havoc. First a little girl, then an older brother, and finally the teenaged big sister. It's surprising, to both the monster and to us, what frightens each of them. A film without words.


Credits
  • script
    Louise Johnson
  • direction
    Louise Johnson
  • animation
    Louise Johnson
  • digital animation
    Jean-Jacques Tremblay
  • music
    Judith Gruber-Stitzer
  • sound
    Judith Gruber-Stitzer
  • picture editing
    Gordon Hashimoto
  • sound editing
    Jackie Newell
  • digital imaging specialist
    Normand Gauthier
  • musician
    Judith Gruber-Stitzer
    Mathieu Gaulin
    Marc Villemure
  • sound effects creation
    Karla Baumgardner
    Elana Medicoff
  • recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
    Patrick Viegas
  • sound mixer
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • post-production coordination
    Richard Lesage
    Andrée Lachapelle
  • administration
    Gisèle Guilbault
  • executive producer
    David Verrall
  • producer
    Michael Fukushima

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Education

Ages 10 to 15

Diversity - Identity
Health/Personal Development - Mental Health/Stress/Suicide
Media Education - Body Image

Perhaps what is truly frightening for young people are the unrealistic expectations they must live with. Have students explore what scares the monster. Why is he bothered by the children's dreams? What does he find frightening? Is it possible that something can be frightening and we not even realize it? Students can discuss some of the unrealistic expectations in their lives. Is feeling stressed and anxious a little bit like living a kind of nightmare?

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