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The Big Snit (1985)

A couple have a fight over a scrabble game unaware that a full scale nuclear war has started.


Richard Condie


Richard Condie (story)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Jay Brazeau ... (voice)
Ida Osler Ida Osler ... (voice)
Randy Woods Randy Woods ... (voice)
Bill Guest Bill Guest ... (voice)


What would you do if humanity faced total annihilation in the shape of a full-scale nuclear attack? Would you still have time--or the appetite--for a dramatic game of Scrabble and a fiery domestic quarrel, or would you rather think back to when you were young, and everything was peachy? With this in mind, would your never-failing handsaw be of any use? In the end, would you still be able to boost your Scrabble score? Written by Nick Riganas

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How this missed winning an Oscar,...
29 August 2001 | by RobT-2See all my reviews

...the world may never know. (The film that did take the "best animated short" Oscar that year, "Anna and Bella", is very good, but it's no "Big Snit". Both are available on Expanded Entertainment's "World's Greatest Animation" compilation, in case you'd like to compare.)

"Snit" and its director, Richard Condie, have attracted so much attention that there's little for me to add. I'd like to note, however, that the film contains one of my very favorite single "shots" in an animated short, the one where the man opens the door to let the cat out. I don't want to give away the actual events depicted here, but the first time I saw the shot I was whipsawed from one mood to another, then seconds later to still another. That shot has never failed to affect me that way since. For this shot, and for the way Condie builds up to that set of moments, "The Big Snit" deserves the tag of "masterpiece".

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June 1985 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy hűhó See more »

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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