Hot Stuff (1971 film)

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Hot Stuff is a 1971 animated short directed and animated by Zlatko Grgic 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 at the origins, benefits and dangers of fire.[1] 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.[2][3]

Production[edit]

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.[4]

Release[edit]

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.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Hot Stuff". Collection. National Film Board of Canada. 1971. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
  3. ^ "Don Arioli". Canadian Film Encyclopedia. Film Reference Library. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Ohayon, Albert (June 8, 2012). "What on Earth: Science fiction satire at its funniest". NFB.ca Blog. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved June 8, 2012. 

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