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A rooster has his last biscuit for breakfast and goes grocery shopping. A pig prepares her breakfast (potato peelings, with the potatoes thrown in the trash) and discovers she needs more milk. Their paths cross, a lemon falls into the sewer, and both lives are changed. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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14 March 2000 | by (Edmonton, Alberta) – See all my reviews

When the Day Breaks is a jawdroppingly beautiful animated short made through the National Film Board of Canada. It's about a pig who witnesses the death of Mr. Chicken at the grocery. This sudden brush with a stranger causes our heroine to consider the interconnectedness of urban lives. Extremely charming, this is an Oscar-nominated animation that also won the Palme d'Or at Cannes-- deservedly so. It's hard to see these films theatrically, but projected onto a screen it is gorgeous. For the rest of you, you might have to go to www.nfb.ca


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