How Funny Is That?

How Funny Is That?

Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids brings Canada’s fascinating past alive for readers between the ages of 8 and 13, through comics, stories, “did-you-know?” tidbits, games and more. NFB Education has teamed up with Kayak to concoct a wide-ranging playlist of hilarious NFB shorts, from imagined 19th-century news broadcasts to a witty animated history of Fort Prince of Wales.

  • Canada Vignettes: Instant French
    1979|1 min

    This animated short is a take on the "As Seen on TV" commercials, or the K-Tel ads of yesteryear. In this parody version, the ad attempts to sell an electronic device that allows one to speak fluent, effortless French.

  • Canada Vignettes: News Canada
    1978|3 min

    In this short film from the Canada Vignettes series, historical events are depicted through simulated 1878 news broadcasts.

  • Meltdown

    In this short animation, a polar bear must try his luck finding a job in the big city when the last of his Arctic ice environment disappears. It’s hard fitting into the human world, however, so this bear finds a more creative solution to his predicament.

    This film was made as part of the 8th edition of the NFB's Hothouse apprenticeship.

  • Sleeping Betty
    2007|9 min

    In this animated short, Sleeping Betty is stuck in bed, victim to a strange bout of narcolepsy. The King calls on his subjects to rescue her and they all respond to the call: Uncle Henry VIII, Aunt Victoria, an oddly emotional alien, a funky witch and a handsome prince. But will a kiss really be enough to wake the sleeping princess? The film, drawn in ink, is a classic example of the anachronistic and playful world of Claude Cloutier.

  • The Cat Came Back
    1988|7 min

    This hilarious Oscar®-nominated animation is based on the century-old folk song of the same name. Old Mr. Johnson makes increasingly manic attempts to rid himself of a little yellow cat that just won't stay away... Also won the 1989 Genie Award for best animated short film.

    Want more of this adorable, pesky cat? Buy the book from Firefly Books for more hilarious hijinks!

  • Runaway
    2009|9 min

    Cordell Barker, director of the Oscar®-nominated films The Cat Came Back and Strange Invaders, is back with Runaway. Set to the rousing music of Ben Charest (Triplets of Belleville), this animated short takes you on a journey that is both funny and disastrous.

  • Opening Speech: McLaren
    1961|7 min

    In this short film, Norman McLaren is literally caught by his own film tricks. As he attempts to welcome an audience, he is frustrated by an animated microphone with a will of its own.

  • The Great Toy Robbery
    1963|6 min

    This short animation stars the world's most-wanted good guy: Santa Claus. In this spoof of the Wild West, good triumphs over evil, but not before the evil robbers and their innocent victims have romped through some odd situations.

  • Canada Vignettes: Fort Prince of Wales
    1978|1 min

    A Canada Vignette giving a humorous animated version of the history of Fort Prince of Wales from its construction to its capture by the French.

  • Getting Started
    1979|12 min

    This hilarious short animated film stars a man who procrastinates. Our hero attempts to practice a piece of music on the piano, but distractions get in the way. When he finally sits down to play, pandemonium breaks loose.