Hot Stuff (1971 film)

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Hot Stuff is a 1971 animated short directed and animated by Zlatko Grgic [1] and written by Don Arioli. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada for the Dominion Fire Commission, a department of Public Works Canada, the nine-minute short on fire safety offers a humorous look [2] at the origins, benefits and dangers of fire.[3] The film garnered seven international awards, including Best Educational Film Award at the World Festival of Animated Films in Croatia and a Canadian Film Award for Arioli for best non-feature screenplay.[4][5]


Grgic was recruited by for the NFB by producers Robert Verrall and Wolf Koenig after they saw his film Scabies. Much of Hot Stuff's humour had been initially improvised-Gerald Budner, who was himself an animator, ad-libbed voices for two of the characters, a snake and a cat. Arioli had been annoyed with Budner's banter, but Koenig insisted on retaining these asides. Grgic was also given freedom to improvise by the producers.[6]


Hot Stuff was one of seven NFB animated shorts acquired by the American Broadcasting Company, marking the first time NFB films had been sold to a major American television network. It aired on ABC in the fall of 1971 as part of the children's television show Curiosity Shop, executive produced by Chuck Jones.[7] It also aired (minus the opening & closing credits) on The Great Space Coaster in the 1980s.


  1. ^ [1] Hot Stuff, by Zlatko Grgic-Animation Show of Shows
  2. ^ Internet Archive
  3. ^ Evans, Gary (30 September 1991). In the national interest: a chronicle of the National Film Board of Canada from 1949 to 1989. University of Toronto Press. p. 199. ISBN 978-0-8020-6833-0. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Hot Stuff". Collection. National Film Board of Canada. 1971. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
  5. ^ "Don Arioli". Canadian Film Encyclopedia. Film Reference Library. Archived from the original on 2009-02-26. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
  6. ^ Mazurkewich, Karen. Cartoon Capers: The Adventures of Canadian Animators (Excerpted in Canadian Animation Resources). McArthur & Co. p. 57. ISBN 978-1-55278-093-0. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  7. ^ Ohayon, Albert (June 8, 2012). "What on Earth: Science fiction satire at its funniest". Blog. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved June 8, 2012.

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