Happy Halloween from the NFBoo!


Seeing as how it’s snowing and blowing hard today, what better way to celebrate this chilly Halloween than with some spookerrific shorts from the National Film Board of Canada. We’ve got surrealist worlds, honking monsters, devilish visitors, chicken leg houses, and anti-smoking PSAs.

Batmilk (Brandon Blommaert, 2009)

“In this animated short, an oafish ghoul and his soft exposed brain are met with ruin when the brain is unexpectedly killed. Though paralyzed, the ghoul attains a fresh brain and is fed with new life. ” (NFB)

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Kaj Pindal!

NFBDanish-born Kaj Pindal may be best known for his children’s television series Peep and the Big Wide World, but he might also be your next favourite animator. Presented here are a trio of Pindal films that offers something of a survey of the filmmaker’s body of work. Les Drew and Kaj Pindal’s What on Earth! (1966), produced by “The National Film Board of Mars,” may be Pindal’s most celebrated work outside of the Peep series, garnering an Oscar-nomination. King Size (1968) represents Pindal as how he is likely best known to Canadians, the creator of many very funny educational shorts that were fixtures on Canadian television. Lastly, The City (Osaka) (1970) reveals Pindal as a daring artist, creating a film for the 1970 Exposition in Osaka that described Canadian life to the Japanese people and ran constantly during the entirety of the World’s Fair on an immense screen of 60 thousand individual light bulbs.

As per the NFB:

This animated short proposes what many earthlings have long feared – that the automobile has inherited the planet. When life on Earth is portrayed as one long, unending conga-line of cars, a crew of extra-terrestrial visitors understandably assume they are the dominant race. While humans, on the other hand are merely parasites. An Oscar® nominee, this film serves as an entertaining case study.

As per the NFB:

This short animation about the perils of tobacco smoking takes us to the kingdom of King Size, a land where “no smoking” is illegal. Here, intoxication dangers and health risks linked to cigarettes are blissfully ignored, and non-smokers are unwelcome. A humorous invitation for young people not to start smoking, or if they have, to relinquish the hazardous habit.

As per the NFB:

An animated fantasy that shows Canadians as urbanized people developing a vast wilderness with the aid of the latest technologies. Shown as part of the Urban Environment exhibit in the Canadian pavilion at the international exposition, Osaka ’70.