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Animal Behaviour

Animal Behaviour, animation, short, film,
Image from Animal Behaviour courtesy of NFB.

14 minutes – Animation
Festival release date: September 10, 2018 (North American premiere, TIFF)
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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.

Animal Behaviour, movie, poster,



Michael Fukushima


David Fine
Alison Snowden


David Fine
Alison Snowden


Serge Verreault


Judith Gruber-Stitzer

Cast: Roles:

Ryan Beil
Taz Van Rassel
Leah Juel
Andrea Libman
Toby Berner
James Kirk
Alison Snowden

(voice) Dr. Clement – dog
(voice) Victor – ape
(voice) Lorraine – leech
(voice) Cheryl – mantis
(voice) Todd – pig
(voice) Jeffrey – bird
(voice) Linda – cat