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The Trout That Stole the Rainbow

The Trout That Stole the Rainbow

| 8 min

In this short animation, the world loses its colours when a trout, obsessed by the beauty of the rainbow, steals it from the sky. A vibrant, beautifully illustrated fable about how the rainbow trout got its name.

  • director
    Eva Szasz
  • editing
    Eva Szasz
  • animation
    Eva Szasz
  • producer
    Dennis Sawyer
  • executive producer
    Douglas MacDonald
  • script
    Jocelyn Rehder
  • camera
    Raymond Dumas
    Jacques Avoine
    Pierre Landry
  • sound
    Diane Normandeau
  • music editing
    Diane Normandeau
  • re-recording
    Hans Peter Strobl
  • narrator
    Joy Coghill
  • music
    Roger Gravel


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Ages 6 to 12

English Language Arts - Children's Stories/Fables
Ethics and Religious Culture - Ethical Values
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society
Science - Life Systems/Ecology

Brief “lesson launcher type” activity or a series of inquiry questions with a bit of context:

  • Animated film with a fable-type style of storytelling to explain the existence of the Rainbow Trout.
  • During the storm, the Trout lay still, waiting. Humans usually wait for storms to end; do you think fish do the same?
  • Why might travelling during a current be difficult for a trout?
  • Why did trout want to grab the rainbow?
  • What are the dangers of keeping the beauty of nature for ourselves? What are some examples of when humans take resources from nature?
  • What is the moral of this story?
  • Was the trout’s punishment suitable for what he did?
  • This story explains an element of nature (where Rainbow Trout got its scales). What other stories do you know of that explain a natural phenomenon?

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