The Man Who Planted Trees (film)

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The Man Who Planted Trees
Film poster
Directed byFrédéric Back
Written byJean Roberts
Based onThe Man Who Planted Trees
by Jean Giono
Produced byFrédéric Back
Hubert Tison
Narrated byPhilippe Noiret
Christopher Plummer
Edited byNorbert Pickering
Music byNormand Roger
Release date
  • May 1987 (1987-05)
Running time
30 minutes

The Man Who Planted Trees (French: L'homme qui plantait des arbres) is a 1987 Canadian short animated film directed by Frédéric Back. It is based on Jean Giono's 1953 short story The Man Who Planted Trees. This 30-minute film was distributed in two versions, French and English, narrated respectively by actors Philippe Noiret and Christopher Plummer, and produced by Radio-Canada.


The film won the Academy Award (1988) for Best Animated Short Film.[2][3] In his acceptance speech, Back shared his Oscar with "all the women and men who plant trees and hope and work so hard to protect forests, wildlife, the health and the beauty of this world".

The film also competed for the Short Film Palme d'Or at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.[4] The film won the Golden Sheaf Award for Best Animation at the 1988 Yorkton Film Festival.[5]

In 1994, it was voted number 44 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field.[6]


  1. ^ "The Man Who Planted Trees (1987)" – via
  2. ^ "The 60th Academy Awards (1988) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  3. ^ "The Man Who Planted Trees Wins Animated Short: 1988 Oscars". YouTube. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021.
  4. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Man Who Planted Trees". Retrieved 19 July 2009.
  5. ^ Cox, Bob (30 May 1988). "Short films tie for prize". The Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. p. 55. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  6. ^ Kilmer, David (1997). The Animated Film Collector's Guide. Sydney, Australia: John Libbey & Co. Ltd. p. 191. ISBN 1864620021.

Further reading[edit]

  • Olivier Cotte (2007) Secrets of Oscar-winning animation: Behind the scenes of 13 classic short animations. (Making of '"The Man Who Planted Trees") Focal Press. ISBN 978-0-240-52070-4

External links[edit]

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