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How People Got Fire (2009)

A young girl learns the power of storytelling from her grandmother.


Daniel Janke


Daniel Janke (screenplay), Kitty Smith (story)
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Credited cast:
Louise Profeit-Leblanc Louise Profeit-Leblanc ... Narrator (voice)
Jonnie-Lyn Kushniruk Jonnie-Lyn Kushniruk ... Narrator / Tish
Mae Hume Mae Hume ... Grandma Kay
Amy Smarch Amy Smarch ... Doris
Austin Smith Austin Smith ... Charles
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maya Ayotte Maya Ayotte
Ida Caleganem Ida Caleganem
Naomi Donna Helm Naomi Donna Helm
Charlie James Charlie James
Colleen James Colleen James
Devon James Devon James
Liam Jenke Liam Jenke
Sophie Jenke Sophie Jenke
Art Johns Art Johns
Sheena Johns Sheena Johns


A young girl learns the power of storytelling from her grandmother.

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Animation | Short

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Lots Of Treats As Grandma Tells Her Story
2 August 2010 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This is kind of a bizarre 16-minute animated short but full of visual treats and very likable. The story is simple, and told by "Grandma Kay:" how a crow, using a chicken-hawk, helped build a campfire which, unsaid, led to people discovering fire. Yeah, just mythology but I like the way she told the story. Grandma Kay apparently is a famous storyteller in this remote town, passing on the legends of her culture to the teens, some of whom appeared interested, others not. It is set in the Canadian Yukon.

The joy of this animated short is not just the story but the beautiful watercolors and the surprises of seeing framed paintings come to life. Also cool is the change from color to black-and-white and back-and-forth, and seeing the neat expressions on the humans' faces.....and more.

This movie won the 2009 American Indian Festival Award and the 2009 World Indigenous Film Award for Best Animation.

I saw this as part of the DVD titled "Animation Express" which is available on regular and Blu-Ray discs. If you have the equipment, I would advise getting this on Blu-Ray as the artwork is stunning.

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Release Date:

12 February 2009 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada


Box Office


CAD200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (Dolby 5.1)| Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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