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Nunavut Animation Lab: Qalupalik

2010 5 min
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This animated short tells the story of Qalupalik, a part-human sea monster that lives deep in the Arctic Ocean and preys on children who do not listen to their parents or elders. That is the fate of Angutii, a young boy who refuses to help out in his family's camp, opting instead to play by the shoreline. But one day, Qalupalik seizes him and drags him away. Angutii's father, a great hunter, must then embark on a lengthy kayak journey to try and bring his son home.

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Nunavut Animation Lab: Qalupalik

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This animated short tells the story of Qalupalik, a part-human sea monster that lives deep in the Arctic Ocean and preys on children who do not listen to their parents or elders. That is the fate of Angutii, a young boy who refuses to help out in his family's camp, opting instead to play by the shoreline. But one day, Qalupalik seizes him and drags him away. Angutii's father, a great hunter, must then embark on a lengthy kayak journey to try and bring his son home.
  • director
    Ame Papatsie
  • animator
    Ame Papatsie
  • writer
    Ame Papatsie
  • narration
    Sam Tutanuak
  • sound design
    Christopher Talbot
  • editor
    Daniel Gies
  • compositing
    Daniel Gies
  • sound mix
    Serge Boivin
  • online editor
    Denis Pilon
  • digital imaging consultation
    Susan Gourley
  • production coordinator
    Rolande Petit
    Melanie Legault
  • program administrator
    Cyndi Forcand
  • marketing manager
    Julie Armstrong-Boileau
  • technical coordinator
    Pitseolak Kilabuk
  • production supervisor
    Scott Collins
  • post-production co-ordinator
    Emily Paige
  • producer
    Debbie Brisebois
    Derek Mazur
  • associate producer
    Stephanie Scott
  • executive producer
    Derek Mazur
    Debbie Brisebois

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Education

Ages 8 to 11
Inuit folktales often have both literal and allegorical meanings. What does Qalupalik represent in Inuit culture? Have students compare the tale of Qalupalik to other stories parents tell to scare their children. What is the moral of the story and why would it be important to the Inuit community? Why might filmmaker Ame Papatsie employ leather as a key material in making the film? What is the symbolism of the inuksuk seen throughout the story?