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The Tooth

The Tooth

| 3 min

In this brilliant yet simple animated short, Quebec cartoonist Guy Delisle brings us the story of a young boy, a lost tooth, and an MIA tooth fairy. During increasingly difficult breakfast conversations with his young son, a father must continually come up with reasons for why the fairy has refused to show. Featuring the father from Delisle's popular French series, Le guide de mauvais père (A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting).

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
    Guy Delisle
  • storyboard
    Philippe Archer
  • animation
    Sébastien d' Abrigeon
  • sound design
    Olivier Calvert
  • voice
    Matt Holland
    Eddie Holland
  • translation
    Kathleen Fee
  • voice direction
    Kathleen Fee
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • foley assistant
    Thomas Garant
  • voice recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • 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
  • technical direction
    Pierre Plouffe
  • online editing
    Denis Pilon
  • technical coordination, animation
    Yannick Grandmont
  • titles
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • production coordination
    Michèle Labelle
  • technical coordination
    Jean-François Laprise
    Daniel Lord
  • administrative team
    Diane Ayotte
    Stéphanie Lalonde
  • line producer
    Jocelyne Perrier
  • administration
    Diane Régimbald
    Karine Desmeules
  • business affairs
    Claire Burnoud
  • production accounting
    Maxi Cortez
  • project manager
    Camille Lequenne
  • production intern
    Camille Apard
    Jean-Maxime Feutry
  • production assistant
    Sophie de Charentenay
    David Figueredo Diez
  • 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 11 to 18

English Language Arts - Children's Stories/Fables
Family Studies/Home Economics - Parenting
Media Education - Film Animation

Quebec cartoonist Guy Delisle tells the funny and relatable story of an absent-minded father who tries and fails to do the job of the tooth fairy. May be used as a humorous discussion opener on parenting. Animation teachers will find this to be a great example of how to tell a story with clearly developed characters using a simple drawing style. Students could identify body language in the film that shows the father is not reliable. As a response to the short, students could create a simple comic strip or storyboard that could be made into an animated short of an everyday scenario from home.

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