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.

  • 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.