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The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin

The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin

| 9 min

The NFB's 45th Oscar®-nominated film.

This short animation is a zany version of the classic fairy tale, with the leading role played by a mistreated, romantic penguin, with hilarious results. Cinderella Penguin loses her magic flipper as she runs to meet her midnight deadline, but all ends well when Prince Charming finds the right webbed foot and the nasty step-family is brought to heel.

  • director
    Janet Perlman
  • producer
    Janet Perlman
  • colour rendering
    Françoise Hartmann
    Bozenna Heczko
    Eunice Macaulay
  • animation camera
    Pierre Landry
    Raymond Dumas
    Jacques Avoine
  • sound concept
    Normand Roger
    Janet Perlman
  • post-sync effects
    Ken Page
  • sound editing
    Normand Roger
    André Galbrand
  • re-recording
    Hans Peter Strobl
  • administrator
    Diane Bergeron
  • executive producer
    Derek Lamb


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Ages 9 to 12

Study Guides - Guide 1 | Guide 2

English Language Arts - Children's Stories/Fables
Family Studies/Home Economics - Feminism
Health/Personal Development - Bullying & Discrimination
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)

Before viewing, have elementary students research well-known fairy tales. After viewing, they choose a tale to rework through change of gender, animal/species, age, environment, or culture, and then tell it through animation, writing, acting, or drawn/photographed visuals. Have students pose media literacy questions: what qualities do we associate with animals in popular culture? How does the form of a story change our understanding of it? What societal values do fairy tales reveal?

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