14 minutes – Animation
Festival release date: September 10, 2018 (North American premiere, TIFF)
Production company: National Film Board of Canada
Canadian distributor: National Film Board of Canada
Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals. In Animal Behaviour, five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist. The group includes Lorraine, a leech who suffers from separation anxiety; Cheryl, a praying mantis who can’t seem to keep a man; Todd, a pig with an eating disorder; Jeffrey, a bird with guilt issues; and Linda, an obsessive-compulsive cat. This is the first short film Alison Snowden and David Fine have produced since the Oscar™-winning 1993 short Bob’s Birthday.
Animal Behaviour was nominated for a 2019 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
Watch Animal Behaviour online at NFB.ca.