Wild Life is the second Canadian short animation nominated for an Oscar. From Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, Wild Life, is based in Alberta, Canada in 1909. A young Englishman moves to the wild and unknown western world


The young man paints a much prettier picture of his life on the “ranch” as he writes letters home to his family in England. Inter-laid text compares the his life in the western world to that of a comet.

The animation is a fantastically unique as it has an oil painting feel to the film. Wild Life is at the bottom in my rankings, but still a fantastic short film.

Right now the Oscar nominated short animated films are being shown at the Tivoli Theater in Westport. Go see them!

If you wish, you can watch this film online, however, it will take a little work. The film is on YouTube, but blocked in the United States, since the Oscar nominated animated short films are currently showing in theaters and the distribution rights have been sold to a company for the viewing.

No fear! To watch online, go to http://proxy.maxproxy.net/ then enter the URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=OyTejCHJRk0 in the box and click “Surf”. The video above is only the trailer.

The audio and subtitles are in French, however.

You can also purchase and download Wild Life  for about $1.95 for standard definition and $3.95 for HD.

Watch the Wild Life trailer


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My Short Film (Animated) Rankings

  1. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
  2. A Morning Stroll
  3. La Luna
  4. Dimanche/Sunday
  5. Wild Life

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