6.4/10
713
4 user 10 critic

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.
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ALL
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Adam and Dog (2012)
Animation | Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Adam, and a dog, in the Garden of Eden.

Director: Minkyu Lee
Animation | Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Transforming familiar objects into fresh guacamole.

Director: PES
This Way Up (2008)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

On their way to deliver a coffin to a graveyard, a grim duo of undertakers go through hell and back, as formidable and tangled obstacles stand in the way.

Directors: Adam Foulkes, Alan Smith
Evolution (1971)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A humourous illustration of the natural process of evolution.

Director: Michael Mills
Dimanche I (2011)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

On a typically boring Sunday a small boy goes to church with his parents before being taken to a relative's house for a family lunch. Still bored he amuses himself by placing a coin on the ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Doyon
Stars: Chantal Baril, Natalie Hamel Roy, Jacques Lavallée
Feral (2012)
Animation | Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest.

Director: Daniel Sousa
Stars: Elsie McKendry, Brett Tobasky
Blind Vaysha (2016)
Animation | Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The tale of a girl who could see the past and the future simultaneously and respectively with each eye, but never the present.

Director: Theodore Ushev
Stars: Caroline Dhavernas
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Heather is a shy lady who works in a helpline call centre. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man, she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.

Director: Mat Kirkby
Stars: Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Edward Hogg
Anna & Bella (1984)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two sisters look back on their life together.

Director: Børge Ring
Stars: Tonny Huurdeman, Annemieke Ring, Peter Ring
3 Misses (1998)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Three interlocking tales of damsels in distress. An urban scene: a man sees a woman fall off the roof of the neighboring apartment building. A Western scene: a cowboy hears a woman tied to ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Driessen
Let's Pollute (2009)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In the spirit of 50's & 60's educational films, 'Let's Pollute' is a modern satire on how pollution is our heritage and keeps our economy growing strong, while instructing us how to be better polluters for a better blighted tomorrow.

Director: Geefwee Boedoe
Stars: Jim Thornton
Neighbours (1952)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A surreal story of two neighbours' destructive feud over a flower.

Director: Norman McLaren
Stars: Grant Munro, Jean Paul Ladouceur
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

title directed by female | See All (1) »


Certificate:

TV-PG

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Дикая жизнь See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Wahoo
Composed by Cliff Friend
Courtesy Warner/Chappell Music Canada
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


10 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed