It’s Snow

screen-shot-2016-12-29-at-9-16-17-amThis is a beautiful cutout animation by Canadian director Gayle Thomas, made entirely of paper snowflakes. It’s wordless, accompanied by gentle steel pan drum music.

Age: 0+
Child rating: 8/10
Adult rating: 8/10
Running time: 5 minutes
Available: for free here on the NFB website

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Christmas Cracker

screen-shot-2017-01-28-at-2-42-19-pmThis enjoyable animated short, co-directed by Norman McLaren, Gerald Potterton, Grant Munro and Jeff Hale of the National Film Board of Canada, consists of three Christmassy/wintery tales in different styles of animation, cut-out, stop motion, and hand drawn.

Age: 0+
Child rating: 9/10
Adult rating: 9/10
Running time: 9 minutes
Available: for free on the National Film Board of Canada website

The Story of Christmas

Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 10.05.52 PMThis is a bright and cheerful version of the Christmas story, with luminously painted zinc foil cutout animation against a black background by Evelyn Lambart. The story is told wordlessly with a celebratory renaissance-style soundtrack by Karl Duplessis.

Age: 1+
Adult rating: 9/10
Child Rating: 9/10
Running time: 8 minutes
Available free on the National Film Board of Canada website