Free Film Tuesday — Humanizing Animals

Welcome to “Free Film Tuesday”! (Formerly known as “Free Film Friday”.) Every Friday Tuesday we will be sharing a short free film for you to enjoy. Tell us what you think, and what you’d like to see us present...

I’ve actually got two films for you today. I stumbled across That Mouse by Michael Rubbo (1967, 14 min) on the NFB website. It’s footage of a fawn, bear, mouse, turtle, and several other cute animals spliced together to tell the story of a rather annoying white mouse. All the animals have silly voices. It’s basically an excuse to watch animals being precious (I mean, who doesn’t want to see a black bear and white mouse cuddling?).

It’s nice to know that our obsession with anthropomorphizing animals didn’t just appear a few years ago with Cute Overload and LOLCats. Though, what this says about our collective I just don’t know…

That Mouse reminded me of the BBC’s Walk on the Wild Side. They have compiled some of their cutest animal footage and added hilarious voice overs. The result? A modern take on Rubbo’s concept, and one that fits in better with our current attention spans (the films are under two minutes each). It’s amazing what voice over artists are producing these days.

Below is one of my favourites, but you can find several of the videos on You Tube.




What do you think? Send us a comment with your film review.


Photo Credits

Image from BBC “Walk on the Wild Side”

Recent Sarah Gignac Articles:

  • Filmmaking 101 Part 6 – Shoot Day
  • Filmmaking 101 Part 5 – Casting & Crew & Catering, Oh My!
  • Filmmaking 101 Part 4 – The Pre-Production Dance Of Insanity
  • Filmmaking 101 Part 3 – A Lesson In Passion and Partnerships
  • Filmmaking 101 Part 2 — The Script

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