The owl and the lemming in this animated film are short-legged, plumply stuffed puppets made of seal-skin by Inuit artists. The accompanying song and voices are in Inuktitut, although the ...
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The owl and the lemming in this animated film are short-legged, plumply stuffed puppets made of seal-skin by Inuit artists. The accompanying song and voices are in Inuktitut, although the legend is narrated in English. It preserves on film an example of Inuit folklore that may in time disappear.Written by
This is a really hard film to rate, as it is a very important film featuring an Inuit folk tale--something ethnographers and folklorists will adore. However, as a movie for the masses, it may or may not appeal to you.
I personally liked the film for two reasons (other than it being a record of the Inuit stories). First, the animation, while having very simple backgrounds and stop-motion puppets, was adorable. The seal skin puppets were hard not to like. Second, the Inuit music was rather catchy--combining it with the England language narration was an inspired choice. This is a wonderful way to introduce children to these native tales and I would like to see more, though considering that this was made almost 40 years ago, I have my doubts if they will suddenly decide to start making more! The story itself is about an owl who captures and is ready to eat a lowly lemming. Using his cleverness, the lemming is able to have the last laugh.
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