Wild Life (film)

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Wild Life
Wild Life (2011 film) poster.jpg
Directed by Amanda Forbis
Wendy Tilby
Produced by Marcy Page
Bonnie Thompson
David Verrall (exec.)
David Christensen (exec.)
Written by Amanda Forbis
Wendy Tilby
Starring Adam Blackwood
Luba Goy
Anthony Bekenn
Keith Dinicol
Colin Fox
Nonnie Griffin
Ben Carlson
Amy Rutherford
Music by Judith Gruber-Stitzer
Production
  company
National Film Board of Canada
Release date(s) June 2011
January 6, 2012 (online)
Running time 13 minutes 30 seconds
Country Canada
Language English

Wild Life is a 2011 Canadian animated short film by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis. The film debuted at the 2011 Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto in June 2011 and online on January 6, 2012.[1] The film was nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 84th Academy Awards, and Best Animated Short Subject at the 39th Annie Awards[2] as well as a Genie Award for Best Animated Short at the 32nd Genie Awards.[3]

Based in Calgary, Tilby and Forbis were previously nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for their 1999 NFB film When the Day Breaks, with Tilby also nominated individually for her 1991 NFB short Strings.[4]

Wild Life was produced by Marcy Page and Bonnie Thompson.[5]

Plot[edit]

The film follows the story of a dapper young remittance man sent to Alberta from England in 1909, with disastrous results.[3][4]

Production[edit]

In addition to writing and directing the film, Forbis and Tilby drew and painted every animation frame in guache, and wrote the lyrics for the film's final song. They were only able to work on Wild Life part-time, due to commercial obligations, and the film is reported to have taken them from six to over seven years, from concept to completion.[5][6]

Awards[edit]

The film has been nominated as Best Animated Short Film at the 84th Academy Awards, and Best Animated Short Subject at the 39th Annie Awards as well as a Genie Award for Best Animated Short at the 32nd Genie Awards. The short won three hon­ors at the 38th Annual Alberta Film and Tele­vi­sion Awards in Cal­gary, include­ing the Rosie for Best Short. For­bis and Tilby also won the Rosie for Best Animator(s) or Motion Graphic Artist(s), while the award for Best Over­all Sound — Drama went to Wild Life cre­ative crew David J. Tay­lor and Pat Butler.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Web Premiere: "Wild Life" by Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby". Cartoon Brew. January 6, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Wild Life". www.bcdb.com, February 2, 2012
  3. ^ a b Melissa Leong; Eric Volmers (18 January 2012). "Homegrown films up for Genie Awards". Calgary Herald. Postmedia News. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Patch, Nick (24 January 2012). "Two National Film Board of Canada animated shorts nominated for Oscars". Toronto Star. Canadian Press. Retrieved 24 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Hall, Jamie (22 February 2012). "Edmonton producer's film Wild Life off to the Oscars". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Dixon, Guy (24 February 2012). "Oscar-nominated NFB animators draw on tradition". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Anderson, Paul (May 16, 2012). "NFB’s "Wild Life" short piles up 3 Alberta awards". Big Cartoon News. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 

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