Wild Life

This Oscar®-nominated animated short tells the story of a dapper young remittance man who is sent from England to Alberta to attempt ranching in 1909. However, his affection for badminton, bird watching and liquor leaves him little time for wrangling cattle. It soon becomes clear that nothing in his refined upbringing has prepared him for the harsh conditions of the New World. A film about the beauty of the prairie, the pangs of homesickness and the folly of living dangerously out of context.

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Amanda Forbis
Wendy Tilby
Adam Blackwood
Luba Goy
Anthony Bekenn
Keith Dinicol
Colin Fox
Nonnie Griffin
Ben Carlson
Amy Rutherford
original music
Judith Gruber-Stitzer
sound supervision
Patrick Butler
Patrick Butler
sound editing
Brent Planiden
Andy Malcolm
voice recording
Ron Mellegers
Thillaye Productions
Jonathan Cook
Ryan Aktari
final mix
Jean Paul Vialard
archival research
Elizabeth Klinck
Sylvia Mezei
Marcy Page
Bonnie Thompson
executive producer
David Christensen
David Verrall


  • bokofinn

    “Love the style the animators used in this excellent short. Truly inspirational, the bullet scene for me is top work. I love the boil, timing and the narration is fantastic. A note to user SQUIGGLES, this is without doubt a top piece of animation, your opinion is shocking obviously you have no artistic eye. ” — bokofinn, 25 Apr 2015

  • stephanckdt

    “Yep, was in the paper -- disappointing :(” — stephanckdt, 28 Jan 2012

  • stephanckdt

    “Yep, disappointing :(” — stephanckdt, 28 Jan 2012

  • J-Fry

    “Did anyone else come here directed by media press about the nominated film expecting it to be STREAMING as the media releases say? http://www.timescolonist.com/entertainment/movie-guide/Animator+earns+Oscar/6054215/story.html” — J-Fry, 26 Jan 2012

  • Meaghan

    “Loved the worker-bee washer woman character marching off the harvest: "I very worry for him...". Haha! So Great! Can the next 5 years be dedicated to an animation about her?” — Meaghan, 25 Jan 2012

  • Akhenaten

    “Canadian short film makers have pretty big boots to fill so I was expecting this to be top drawer, but this exceeds even lofty expectations. Simple but provoking and compelling. I don't know, it's the proverbial, "I laughed. I cried.", in 13 minutes and 30 seconds. What you do say about a medium that can do that?” — Akhenaten, 25 Jan 2012

  • canusa2

    “This had to be much like the situation my Aunt Margaret found herself in when she was wooed and married an English gentry/ trapper. She and Uncle Frank established a home site now known as Hall's Landing in Alberta. They had many stirring adventures - some documented in photographs of the day. It was a severe contrast to their upbringing and preparation. It was a testament to the strength and determination of character they brought to their new situation.” — canusa2, 24 Jan 2012

  • Swimmer

    “swimmer-I found the film profound in many ways, but first and foremost, why parents want to protect their children and prepare them for the unknown. And secondly, why it is unwise to start off on adventure without any preparation, even if you do think you are "entitled".” — Swimmer, 21 Jan 2012

  • vandahl

    “Loved it! A wonderful little tale, left me yearning for more truly Canadian stories. Great work on the sound!” — vandahl, 20 Jan 2012

  • sevenstreets

    “Beautiful and so touching. Adding to my home collection.” — sevenstreets, 19 Jan 2012

  • squiggles

    “I don't get it...silly ...poor art work....why waste your time?” — squiggles, 18 Jan 2012

  • Kevin

    “This was a fine film; it was brief but sad. The artistic representation of wildlife was excellent! ” — Kevin, 18 Jan 2012

  • Jaypek

    “Love the story and the animation. Best of luck at the Genies! ” — Jaypek, 18 Jan 2012

  • Verica

    “Beautiful, beautiful film. Thank you for sharing it!” — Verica, 18 Jan 2012

  • Jane007

    “I love this film! It is so beautiful right down to the flowers on the teacup. I can like a short film and then there are those that I will watch over and over again and never get bored with them. Wild LIfe has that magic for me, will enjoy for years to come. Thank you.” — Jane007, 10 Jan 2012

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