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Cactus Swing (1995)

TV-G | | Animation, Short, Comedy
The West. A prospector is awakened by the sound of music outside his cave to see an animal band and a chorus line of dancing cacti.




The West. A prospector is awakened by the sound of music outside his cave to see an animal band and a chorus line of dancing cacti.

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Cactus Swing
Performed by the Great Western Orchestra
David Wilkie: vocal, mandolin, acoustic and tenor guitars
Stewart MacDougall: vocal, piano, bass and synthesizer
Calvin Vollrath: fiddle
Gary Kollger: electric guitar
Paul Martineau: snare drum
Additional vocals by the Cactus Blossoms: Lark Clark, Kelly Collins and Debbie Williams
Composed, written, arranged and produced by David Wilkie and Stewart MacDougall
Recorded and mixed at Beta Sound Recorders, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
by Colin Lay for Big Weather Productions
Published by Ghostwriters in Disguise/SOCAN and Trouble Clef Music/SOCAN
Contained in the compact disc The Great Western Orchestra / Wind in the Wire
Centerfire Records CFA002
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A great example of a NFB cartoon.
1 June 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The National Film Board of Canada is a governmental agency that gives financial support to many of the native film makers. Whether this is a good idea or not, it does allow many people to get exposure for projects that might not otherwise be possible as they are not commercially-designed films. Art films, experimental and cultural projects about from the NFB and "Cactus Swing" is a great example of such a non-commercial film project. In this short film, a cowboy sleeping on the range is awoken by the sound of a lot of the desert animals frolicking and singing a country western song, "The Cactus Swing". It's pretty cute and your toes go to tapping--but there also isn't much to it. It also has some of the most bizarrely designed snakes I've ever seen--you just have to see 'em to appreciate them. Not a must-see film, but a cute little time-passer.

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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