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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.

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Richard Condie

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

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Jay Brazeau ... (voice)
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Bill Guest Bill Guest ... (voice)
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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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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1985 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy hűhó See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Mono

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Mega-weird!
9 February 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a very strange little short film that initially didn't impress me. From a purely aesthetic point of view, the animation here certainly ain't pretty--though after a while you notice that the simple and silly drawings do possess a certain odd charm. That's probably because with the script as screwy as this one, the animation works.

The film shows an older couple sitting at the table playing Scrabble. At the same time they are fixated on this game or other bizarre pursuits (such as the husband's compulsion to saw things--even the chair and table)! And all of this stuff occurs as the television warns of pending atomic annihilation--Armageddon is definitely here! Naturally, the neighbors are screaming and running amok--during which time the couple obliviously continues with this idiotic game. Heck, even their cat knows the end is coming as the couple begin bickering about who may or may not have cheated--leading to a very surreal ending indeed!! The film deserves kudos for both being unique as well as very funny. While it did not win the Oscar, it was nominated for Best Animated Short--which it richly deserved.


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