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Wild Life (2011)

Calgary, 1909. An Englishman moves to the Canadian frontier, but is singularly unsuited to it. His letters home are much sunnier than the reality. Intertitles compare his fate to that of a comet.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Adam Blackwood Adam Blackwood ... (voice)
Luba Goy ... (voice)
Anthony Bekenn ... (voice)
Keith Dinicol ... (voice)
Colin Fox Colin Fox ... (voice)
Nonnie Griffin ... (voice)
Ben Carlson Ben Carlson ... (voice)
Amy Rutherford ... (voice)


This animated short tells the story of a dapper young remittance man, sent from England to Alberta (Canada) to attempt ranching in 1909. However, his affection for badminton, bird watching and liquor leaves him little time for wrangling cattle. It soon becomes clear that nothing in his refined upbringing has prepared him for the harsh conditions of the New World. A film about the beauty of the prairie, the pangs of homesickness and the folly of living dangerously out of context.

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Nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short at the 2012 Academy Awards. See more »


Edited into The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012: Animation (2012) See more »


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Composed by Arthur Sullivan (as Sir Arthur Sullivan)
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Beautiful, Historical Fable....
26 February 2012 | by epr_111See all my reviews

Last night I went to a screening of all of the Oscar shorts at a theater and was impressed with the wide variety of films. It seems that some people, like the reviewer above, thinks that because "wild life" is both short and animated it should be light and comical, like most of the Oscar- nominated short films. "Wild Life" is not light but it's also not too dark and the animation is beautiful and even historically-based....The directors spent over 7 years making the film and many of the ideas for the film came from reading historical works about other travelers in the wild west during this time. Of all of the Oscar shorts that I watched last night at the theater, two stuck out: "La Luna" and "Wild Life." Both are interesting, incredible visually and completely different in style. That's what film awards are all about, right? Presenting something new and interesting? Don't read the review above because (1) It will give away some of the plot (2) You might like "Wild Life," as I did immensely, if you give it a chance.

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