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Animal Behaviour

Directed by David Fine and Alison Snowden
Canada, 2018 (animation, 14 minutes, colour, English)
Also known as "Zoothérapie"
Animal Behaviour
Image: © National Film Board of Canada
Video (National Film Board of Canada)
Video (National Film Board of Canada) [French]

Film Description:
"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."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Alison Snowden, David Fine
Produced by: Michael Fukushima
Principal Cast: Ryan Beil, Taz Van Rassel, Leah Juel, Andrea Libman, Toby Berner, James Kirk, Alison Snowden
Animation: Alison Snowden, David Fine
Music: Judith Gruber-Stitzer
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada

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"I love the films we [the National Film Board of Canada] produce, and I encourage our filmmakers, but their films do tend to be more serious and art-driven. Just plain laugh-out-loud comedy is not what we do all the time anymore. Alison [Snowden] and David [Fine] are masters of a certain kind of dry comedy that I think the NFB needed."
-- Michael Fukushima (source)

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