Strange Invaders (2002 film)

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Strange Invaders
Directed by Cordell Barker
Produced by Jennifer Torrance
Cordell Barker
Distributed by National Film Board of Canada
Release date
  • 2002 (2002)
Running time
8 minutes 27 seconds
Country Canada
Language English

Strange Invaders is a 2002 short animated film by animator Cordell Barker. It tells the story of Roger and Doris, a couple who lead a quiet life. When a child crashes into their living room, the couple are initially enthralled. However, the child (referred to in the credits only as "It"[1]) becomes increasingly destructive and proceeds to ransack their home and ruin their lives. Things become increasingly bizarre until Roger realises the true nature of It.

Strange Invaders was Barker's second short film after The Cat Came Back. Strange Invaders was inspired by Barker's experience as the father of his "three evil boys."[2] Strange Invaders won numerous awards around the world[3] and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short[4] It was also included in the Animation Show of Shows. Strange Invaders appeared on the Canadian TV show ZeD on March 22, 2002.[5] The film was produced in Barker's hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba.


  1. ^ "Strange Invaders (2002)". "imdb". Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  2. ^ "NFB - Portraits". "National Film Board of Canada". Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  3. ^ "Strange Invaders - NFB -Film Collection". "National Film Board of Canada". Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  4. ^ "NFB - Portraits". "National Film Board of Canada". Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  5. ^ "Oscar hopeful Strange Invaders aired on television," Daily News, Truro, Nova Scotia: March 16, 2002, pg. C.3.

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