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| 5 min

In this short animation, we meet a young boy leads such a regimented life that he has no more time just to be a kid. Between school, tennis lessons, swimming lessons, art classes, homework and piano practice, he can barely get any rest. Inspired by Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, this short animated film by Claude Cloutier pleads for children’s right to rest and leisure.

  • director
    Claude Cloutier
  • script
    Claude Cloutier
  • animation
    Claude Cloutier
  • producer
    Thérèse Descary
  • sound
    Normand Roger
  • music
    Normand Roger
  • editing
    Werner Nold
  • re-recording
    Shelley Craig


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Ages 8 to 12

Family Studies/Home Economics - Parenting
Health/Personal Development - Human Growth and Development
Health/Personal Development - Mental Health/Stress/Suicide

This is an animated short film from the Rights from the Heart series, emphasizing a child’s right to play.  The viewer follows a boy going through his highly structured daily routine, from the alarm going off until bedtime. He has no time to play between school, tennis lessons, swimming, piano and homework, and in the end, he is wound up like a robot to complete his tasks. Students can discuss this child’s routine and whether they think that much structure is appropriate. Students may relate to the story with their own personal experiences of being overwhelmed at times. Teachers can pose the question: Why does the boy’s mother put him through all these activities? The film relates to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Are students aware of this convention and its purpose?

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