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8 June 2009 (France) See more »
A train runs into a cow on the tracks; with the captain nowhere to be found, the fireman is forced to desperately improvise in order to keep the train going. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Richard Condie ... Captain (voice)
Muriel Hogue ... Lady (voice)

Leonard Waldner ... Fireman (voice)

Directed by
Cordell Barker 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Cordell Barker 

Produced by
Scott Collins .... associate producer
Derek Mazur .... executive producer
Michael J.F. Scott .... executive producer
Original Music by
Benoît Charest 
Sound Department
Howard Rissin .... sound designer
Visual Effects by
Susan Gourley .... digital imaging consultant
Animation Department
Cordell Barker .... animator
Chris Cormier .... animator: additional animation
Jason Doll .... animator: additional animation
Other crew
Rolande Petit .... production coordinator

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9 min

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Jury's Special Award at Annecy Animation Festival.See more »


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3 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
An odd inclusion..., 19 February 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This animated film was included with the special showing of the 2010 Oscar-nominated short films as one of the non-nominated but highly commended films. However, I thought this was an odd choice as I wasn't the least bit bowled over by it and I have seen many cartoons also sponsored by the National Film Board of Canada that were much better. Now you can't blame RUNAWAY for this--it's not a bad film at all, but it just seemed to be featured a bit out of its league.

The film has traditional style animation--something that's become rarer these days. The drawing style is very simple and the story is done without many words at all. The music is pretty nice and works well with the film.

As for the story, it's very, very simple. There is a train that is chugging down the tracks with a conductor (they call him a "captain" here and he wears a naval-type uniform, however) who doesn't pay much attention. Because of this, the train strikes a cow and then soon goes careening out of control. The guy shoveling coal is forced to drive--with dire consequences. Overall, it's a very simple story with a bit of a sense of humor, but it's also pretty average from a NFB film.

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