Animal Behaviour (film)

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Animal Behaviour
Directed byAlison Snowden
David Fine
Produced byMichael Fukushima
Written byAlison Snowden
David Fine
StarringRyan Beil
Taz VanRassel
Leah Juel
Andrea Libman
James Kirk
Alison Snowden
Music byJudith Gruber-Stitzer
Production
company
Release date
  • June 11, 2018 (2018-06-11) (Annecy)
Running time
14 minutes [1]
CountryCanada
LanguageEnglish

Animal Behaviour (also released in French as Zoothérapie) is a Canadian animated short film directed by Alison Snowden and David Fine, which was released in 2018.[2] The duo's first animated theatrical short since their 1993 Oscar-winning film Bob's Birthday, the film centres on a group of animals who meet weekly for a group psychotherapy session in the offices of psychiatrist Dr. Clement.[2]

The film's voice cast includes Ryan Beil as Dr. Clement, Taz VanRassel as Victor the ape, Leah Juel as Lorraine the leech, Andrea Libman as Cheryl the mantis, Toby Berner as Todd the pig, James Kirk as Jeffrey the bird, and Alison Snowden as Linda the cat.

The film premiered in June 2018 at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.[3] The film was dedicated to the medical team at the Vancouver General Hospital, who saved Snowden's life in 2017 when she was diagnosed with acute interstitial pneumonitis during the making of the film.[4]

In January 2019, the film was announced as a nominee for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 91st Academy Awards.[5] In February it received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Animated Short Film at the 7th Canadian Screen Awards.[6]

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