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The Sweater

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Bestselling author Roch Carrier narrates a mortifying boyhood experience in this animated adaptation of his beloved story, "The Hockey Sweater."

In the 1940s, in the rural village of Saint Justine, Quebec, listening to the hockey game on the radio was a Saturday night tradition... and so was rooting for the Montreal Canadiens. All the boys worshipped the star player, Maurice "Rocket" Richard, and proudly wore the number 9 emblazoned on their sweaters.

The boy in the story outgrows his hockey sweater, so his mother writes to "Mr. Eaton" for a new one. But instead of the coveted red, white and blue of Les Canadiens, the company sends a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey! Imagine the young player's chagrin when he shows up at the neighbourhood rink in the blue and white colours of the arch-enemy!

The Sweater has universal appeal for children and adults alike.

1980, 10 min 21 s

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Le Bouquetin Award - Given by the Jury for Best Subject - Category: Short Films
Festival du dessin animé
July 4 to 10 1984, Les Menuires - France

Le Cabri Award - Given by the Jury for Best Animation
Festival du dessin animé
July 4 to 10 1984, Les Menuires - France

L'Étagne Award - Given by the public for Best Animation - Category: Short Films
Festival du dessin animé
July 4 to 10 1984, Les Menuires - France

L'Étagne Award - Grand Prize given by the Jury
Festival du dessin animé
July 4 to 10 1984, Les Menuires - France

Learning Magazine A-V Award
Learning A-V Magazine
December 1 1982, Palo Alto - USA

Red Ribbon Award - Category: Humor and Satire
Itinerant - American Film and Video Festival
June 14 to 19 1982, New York - USA

Best Animated Short of 1981
BAFTA / British Academy of Film & Television Awards
March 18 1982, London - England

Best Animation Film
itinerant-Childfilm Festival
November 5 1981, Toronto - Canada

Certificate of Merit for the Excellence in Animation
Yorkton Film Festival
November 2 to 8 1981, Yorkton - Canada

Chris Bronze Plaque - Category: Art and Culture
International Film and Video Festival
October 29 1981, Columbus - USA

St. Finbarr Statuette
Cork Film Festival
October 25 to November 2 1981, Cork - Ireland

Silver Medal for Artistic Direction
International Festival of Cinema for Youth and Children
September 1 to 9 1981, Salerno - Italy

Ruby Slipper Award given by the Adult Jury for the Best Short Film of the Festival
International Children's Film Festival
April 25 to May 7 1981, Los Angeles - USA

Honorable Mention
itinerant-Childfilm Festival
November 6 to 9 1980, Calgary - Canada

Second Prize - Category: Films Longer than 3 minutes
International Animation Festival
August 23 to 28 1980, Ottawa - Canada