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Sweet Childhood

Sweet Childhood

| 3 min

In this animated short, cartoonist Zviane comes across an old audiocassette while packing up before a move. Just the sight of the tape plunges her back into her childhood fantasies and her perceptions of the world. But the reality of what's on the tape results in a hilarious episode that questions just how "sweet" childhood really is.

This film is part of the Comic Strip Chronicles, a collection of shorts celebrating the strong affinity between comic strips and animated film. Inspired by moments of everyday life, these films showcase the playful imaginations of renowned artists Guy Delisle, Zviane, Aude Picault, Lewis Trondheim, and Jean Matthieu Tanguy. Produced by the NFB, Canal+, and Sacrebleu.

  • director
  • animation
    Janet Perlman
  • sound design
    Pierre Yves Drapeau
  • voice
    Sylvie-Anne Ménard
  • translation
    Helge Dascher
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • foley assistant
    Thomas Garant
  • foley recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • direction - opening sequence
    Pascal Blanchet
    Rodolphe Saint-Gelais
  • music - opening sequence
    Pierre Yves Drapeau
  • off-line editing
    Sarah Fortin
  • online editing
    Serge Verreault
  • titles
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • technical coordination
    Jean-François Laprise
    Daniel Lord
  • technical direction
    Pierre Plouffe
  • technical coordination, animation
    Yannick Grandmont
  • production coordination
    Michèle Labelle
  • administrative team
    Diane Ayotte
    Stéphanie Lalonde
  • line producer
    Jocelyne Perrier
  • subtitles
    Zoé Major
  • consultant
    Nicola Lemay
  • administration
    Diane Régimbald
    Karine Desmeules
  • business affairs
    Claire Burnoud
  • project manager
    Camille Lequenne
  • production assistant
    Sophie de Charentenay
    David Figueredo Diez
  • production accounting
    Maxi Cortez
  • production intern
    Camille Apard
    Jean-Maxime Feutry
  • post-production studio
    High Fun
  • Les Programmes Courts et Créations
    Pascale Faure
    Brigitte Pardo
  • negotiations manager
    Sébastien Laurent
  • communications
    Karletty Lavocat
    Pascale Marie
  • producer
    Julie Roy
    Marc Bertrand
    Ron Dyens


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Ages 15 to 18

Health/Personal Development - Human Growth and Development
Health/Personal Development - Identity
Health/Personal Development - Sexuality
Technology Education - Communications and Technology

Cartoonist Zviane comes across an old cassette tape from her childhood, and she’s excited to listen to what she sounded like as a young child. Viewers will be surprised to hear what’s on the tape, and the title Sweet Childhood seems ironic when we listen to the subject matter she recorded when she was younger. Hilarious, but may be thought of as inappropriate for a classroom setting. Potential questions include: What ideas do we have about our younger selves that might be untrue? What forms of technology do you have from your childhood that have become obsolete? Research ways for obsolete forms of family storytelling or documentation (film, cassette, VHS) to be transferred to current technologies for future generations.

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