CBC Animation

"In 1968, the CBC/SRC founded an animation studio. Directed by Hubert Tison, this studio, which first specialized in titles, credits and signature tunes, rapidly carved out for itself a fine reputation in the realm of scripted films. In effect, thanks to the remarkable talent of Frédéric Back, Radio-Canada productions carried off a number of prizes at various festivals, including two Oscars for Crac! (1981) and L'Homme qui plantait des arbres (1987). In addition to Back's films, the studio went on to produce works by Graeme Ross (The Hare and the Tortoise/La Lièvre et la tortue, 1978) and by Paul Driessen (Jeu de coudes, 1979). Following severe budget cutbacks, CBC/SRC abandoned the production of animated films at the start of the 1990s." (Historica Canada)

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Episodes

CBC Animation The Great Northern Candy Drop

This poignant animation tells the true story of Inuk bush pilot Johnny May, who has flown over Kuujjuaq in the Nunavik region of Northern Quebec to drop candy, toys and warm clothing to the children and residents of the community each holiday season for more than 50 years. Featuring the voices of Tantoo Cardinal and Lorne Cardinal, the film is ...
  • 2017
  • 00:21:58
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 12/20/2017

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

CBC Animation The Curse of Clara: A Holiday Tale

It’s 1972, and a small-town girl is accepted into the prestigious National Ballet School and selected to play “Clara” in The Nutcracker. Unfortunately that’s when Vickie finds out about the mysterious “Curse of Clara”, which threatens to derail everything. Thankfully, she’s got a good friend, the 1972 Summit Series and an imaginary mentor (in the form of Phil Esposito) to ...
  • 2015
  • 00:21:55
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 12/13/2016

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

CBC Animation Abracadabra

The film is an allegorical tale cautioning against the dangers of exhausting an indispensable natural resource, here represented by the sun. Frédéric Back has long believed that animation for children should deliver a message in an entertaining manner.
  • 1970
  • 00:09:21
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 02/11/2014

CBC Animation The Mighty River

Clean water, essential to all forms of life, is becoming increasingly rare. Like deforestation, the loss of clean water is a global tragedy. "Magtogoek", as it is called by the Mi'kmaq people, originates in the Great Lakes, follows a long course through Ontario and Quebec, and then drains into the Atlantic. Its waters, which once teemed with animal and plant ...
  • 1993
  • 00:24:03
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 01/14/2014

CBC Animation Crac!

In this charming tale tinged with nostalgia, Frédéric Back takes us back to rich traditions swept aside by the relentless forces of progress and urbanization. Crac! is the sound of a falling tree, chopped down to make the chair. It's the sound of the chair as it rocks. It's also the sound of the rift in our lives when change ...
  • 1981
  • 00:15:01
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 01/14/2014

CBC Animation All Nothing

For too long, we have held the mistaken belief that the world was created entirely for our benefit. As countless plant and animal species become extinct, our generous planet has little left to offer: clean water and lush forests are becoming increasingly rare. The film ends, however, on a positive note: Frédéric Back cherishes the hope that future generations will ...
  • 1978
  • 00:10:59
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 12/07/2013

CBC Animation Taratata!

"These parades were an occasion to honour traditional values or demonstrate progress by way of allegorical floats. Presented each year on June 24 in cities and towns all over Quebec, they gave local musicians and brass bands a chance to display their talents. Children adored the pageant with its splendid uniforms. The day would end with a great fireworks display. ...
  • 1976
  • 00:08:32
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 12/07/2013

CBC Animation Inon or the Conquest of Fire

In this film inspired by an Algonquin legend, fire is kept from humankind by Inon, the God of Thunder. The animals set off to capture the god's fire and bring it back to their human counterparts. The story is set at a time when humans and animals understood each other and lived in harmony with nature.
  • 1971
  • 00:09:35
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/15/2013

CBC Animation The Creation of Birds

The beautiful days of summer come to a sudden end as the children flee before Howling Wolf, the terrible wind of the cold. They take shelter in the forest. Howling Wolf strips the trees of their beautiful coloured leaves, but is unable to find the children hiding among the evergreens. So he joins forces with White Bear, the snow, to ...
  • 1972
  • 00:10:04
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/15/2013

CBC Animation Illusion?

"Every flower, every insect, every animal is a miracle waiting to be discovered, a marvel to be respected and loved. But we like to replace them with our own inventions, served up by the magicians of advertising, the promoters of progress and over-consumption. Unfortunately, these inventions are outmoded all too quickly. They break down, often taking with them that which ...
  • 1975
  • 00:11:30
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/08/2013