The Ballad of Nessie

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The Ballad Of Nessie
The Ballad of Nessie poster.jpg
Poster for The Ballad of Nessie
Directed byStevie Wermers-Skelton
Kevin Deters
Produced byDorothy McKim
Tamara Boutcher
Written byRegina Conroy
Steve Wermers-Sckelton
Kevin Deters
Story byStevie Wermers-Skelton
Regina Conroy
Narrated byBilly Connolly
Music byMichael Giacchino
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date
  • March 5, 2011 (2011-03-05) (Belgium)
  • July 15, 2011 (2011-07-15) (U.S., with Winnie the Pooh)
Running time
6 minutes[1]

The Ballad of Nessie is a 2011 traditionally animated short film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. It was directed by Stevie Wermers-Skelton and Kevin Deters, and produced by the team behind How to Hook Up Your Home Theater.

The short, narrated by Billy Connolly, is a Disney adaptation of the origin of the Loch Ness Monster, Nessie.[2]


A creature named Nessie lives happily in a small pond with her friend MacQuack, a rubber duck. When a rich developer takes the pond and land surrounding it to build a miniature golf course, Nessie is forced to search for a new home. She finds rejection everywhere and is always told to keep a stiff upper lip and not cry. Finally, Nessie loses all hope and starts crying for days, weeks, and months. When she cannot cry anymore, she finds that her tears have created the Loch, a new home for her and MacQuack.

During the five small credits it is shown that the golf course has also been flooded, with the developer and his assistants using the sign as a raft. The developer breaks down into tears over his loss.


The short premiered on March 5, 2011, at Anima 2011, the International Animation Film Festival of Brussel.[3] In the US it accompanied the theatrical release of Winnie the Pooh, which premiered on July 15, 2011.[4]

The short was released on October 25, 2011, as a bonus feature on the Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download release of Winnie the Pooh.[5] The Ballad of Nessie was released on the Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection Blu-ray on August 18, 2015.[6]

The Ballad of Nessie was nominated for a 2012 Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject.[7]


  1. ^ "The Ballad of Nessie". Amazon. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  2. ^ Grover, Ron (May 4, 2007). "Disney Bets Long on Film Shorts". Business Week. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  3. ^ "Anima Rss feed (Dutch)".
  4. ^ McKenzie, Steven (April 6, 2011). "Nessie animated short in Disney Winnie the Pooh film". BBC News Online. Retrieved July 25, 2011.
  5. ^ "All the beloved characters from the Hundred Acre Wood are back". The Walt Disney Studios via Toon Zone. September 9, 2011. Archived from the original on September 18, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2011.
  6. ^ Doty, Meriah (June 4, 2015). "'Frozen Fever' (and Easter Eggs!) Coming Soon on Disney Shorts Blu-ray (Exclusive)". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "39th Annual Annie Nominations & Winners!". The Annie Awards. International Animated Film Society. Archived from the original on 4 December 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2012.

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