Nunavut Animation Lab: Qalupalik

Nunavut Animation Lab: Qalupalik

| 5 min

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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  • 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

  • LilBakht

    This is a brilliant bit of storytelling. The art lends to the story, rather than distracting from it and is very true to the Northern style of narrative. Also the ending was excellent.

    LilBakht, 14 Jun 2012
  • 2teach

    This is a beautifully crafted video representing a traditional tale intended to scare children into staying away from danger in much the same way that European fairy tales scare children into following their parents' safety rules. I love the way the father is shown to value his child above all else that would normally be highly treasured finds for a hunter needing to provide for his family in a harsh environment like the Arctic. Well done!

    2teach, 26 Mar 2012
  • sallyblender

    Iloveanimals, you are full of it.

    sallyblender, 22 Dec 2011
  • Iloveanimals

    I think the concept of this story is cruel and I think that the comments on how passionate the father is about hunting poor innocent walruses babies and polar bears is unnecessary. Children should learn not to kill.

    Iloveanimals, 30 Oct 2011

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