Runaway (2009 film)

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Directed by Cordell Barker
Produced by Michael Scott
Derek Mazur
Written by Cordell Barker
Music by Benoît Charest
Distributed by National Film Board of Canada
Release date
  • 2009 (2009)
Running time
9 minutes 10 seconds
Country Canada
Language English

Runaway is a 2009 animated short by Canadian animator Cordell Barker. The film received a special jury award for short films at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and was named the best animated short film at the 2010 Genie Awards.[1][2]

The film was also selected for the Sundance Film Festival and was short-listed, though not nominated, for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.[3][4] It was also included in the Animation Show of Shows.


The film's story takes place aboard an out-of-control train. Barker intended the film to be a parable about life, and how the ruling class tries in vain to insulate itself from the fate suffered by the lower classes:[5]

The metaphor of this film is that, whether you notice the jeopardy or not, everybody is trapped on this track, and we’re all going to the same place,” Barker explains. “I’m a bit of a Cassandra. I’m always feeling like I’m looking around and seeing this really apparent jeopardy. But a lot of people I know [have] that kind of disbelief that anything can shake their normal day-to-day life,” he says. “I keep thinking, ‘Man, we’re doomed.'[5]


The film was produced in Winnipeg by Michael Scott and Derek Mazur for the National Film Board of Canada.[6] The musical score for the film was composed by Benoît Charest, known for composing the film score for the animated film The Triplets of Belleville (Les Triplettes de Belleville).[2]

Runaway took Barker eight years to complete. The entire film was made with hand-drawn animation, with the exception of some more visually complex scenes:

I brought on Frantic Films early on in the production to just do a couple of shots where the train is doing a three-dimensional action. There was no way I was going to sit down and animate that train coming around the track, especially in the middle of the film, when the camera is actually moving through the train, through all the cars. It's one thing when things are moving past the sides of the camera, everything's moving more quickly, but that end point, the perspective point where its are barely moving from frame to frame - that would have been just horrible, trying to animate that.[3]


  1. ^ "NFB animation a "Runaway" winner at Genie Awards"., April 13, 2010
  2. ^ a b "Winnipeg animator wins jury award at Annecy". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. June 15, 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Brown, Todd (January 27, 2010). "Sundance 2010: Cordell Barker Talks RUNAWAY". Twitch Film. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Academy (Shorts) Short-List". Cartoon Brew. November 21, 2009. Archived from the original on 25 November 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Dixon, Guy (Jan 27, 2010). "A Runaway success". Globe and Mail. CTVglobemedia Publishing Inc. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Runaway". Collection. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 

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