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| 15 min

The NFB's 51st Oscar®-nominated film.

In this short animation film, a magnificent bird performs for the Emperor inside a glittering palace. Its plumage is a blaze of colour. A blackbird, watching enviously, strives to acquire what he so desperately covets, only to discover that a golden cage can’t compete with the open skies.

  • concept
    Ishu Patel
  • design
    Ishu Patel
  • animation
    Ishu Patel
  • layouts
    George Ungar
  • character animation
    George Ungar
  • story development
    Eunice Macaulay
  • production co-ordinator
    Joan Churchill
  • music
    Gheorghe Zamfir
  • additional music
    Normand Roger
  • sound effects
    Normand Roger
  • animation camera effects
    Pierre Landry
  • additional animation
    Joseph Gilland
  • colour design
    Joan Churchill
    Brenda Martin
    Aileen Brophy
  • rendering
    Joan Churchill
    Brenda Martin
    Aileen Brophy
  • rendering assistant
    Meilan Lam
    Pepita Ferrari
    Gabriel Caya
    Hasmig Marangian
    Joanne Disensi
  • music recording
    Louis Hone
  • sound mixing
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
  • director
    Ishu Patel
  • producer
    Ishu Patel
  • executive producer
    Douglas MacDonald



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