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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.

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Producer: Michael Fukushima

David Fine
Alison Snowden


David Fine
Alison Snowden


Serge Verreault


Judith Gruber-Stitzer


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