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Tall Tales and True Stories

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With sharp humour, these 5 animated shorts explore the power of story-telling, myth-making, gossip, hearsay and television!

My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts, Oscar® nominee: Inspired by her grandmother's stories of life in Norway when her work involved ironing shirts for the king, Torill Kove envisions her grandmother spearheading a hilarious guerilla warfare that sabotaged the invaders during World War II. (10 min)

The Family That Dwelt Apart, Oscar® nominee: An animation of a tall tale by E.B. White, first published in the New Yorker magazine. By Yvon Mallette. (7 min 55 sec)

The House That Jack Built, Oscar® nominee: A humorous animation about Jack, who built his house in the best suburb he could afford and then aches to be somewhere better. By Ron Tunis. (8 min)

Arkelope: A seriously funny look at endangered species and human passivity in the face of the ubiquitous TV set. By Roslyn Schwartz. (5 min 18 sec)

Spinnolio: The wooden puppet Spinnolio makes a passive but successful go at life until his employer decides to replace him with a computer. A modern-day fairy tale from John Weldon. (9 min 51 sec)

1999, 41 min 16 s

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