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Léon in Wintertime

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Wintertime is harsh in the land of King Balthasar, especially if you're Léon, an eight-year-old adopted bear suffering from an identity crisis. "My name's Léon and I'm not a bear!" he insists. After the distraught cub runs away from home, a mischievous storyteller called Bonifacio sweet-talks him into performing on stage. Along with his good friends the Hedgehog and Hannibal the Elephant, Léon embarks on many adventure, stands up to an ogre, and saves Princess Molly Gingerbread from ending up in a pea stew. Braving the ogre, the cold, and the storm brewing in his heart, Léon travels far and wide. His courage eventually leads him back to his parents, who work as beekeepers. Pure, tender and as sweet as honey, this puppet animation is a delightful medieval tale. Léon is irresistible.

2007, 27 min 12 s

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NFB Prize for Best Animation
Reel to Real International Film Festival for Youth and Families
February 20 to 27 2009, Vancouver - Canada

Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series (Pierre-Luc Granjon)
Gemini Awards
November 28 2008, Toronto - Canada

Honourable Mention - Best Short Animation for Children
International Animation Festival
September 17 to 21 2008, Ottawa - Canada

Excellence Grand Prize
Youth Media Alliance
May 29 2008, Montréal - Canada