Ready for more dysfunction this holiday season? Starting December 18, enjoy Alison Snowden and David Fine’s hilarious Animal Behaviour free on the NFB’s Ho Ho Holidays channel.

News release

December 9, 2019 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada

It’s great getting together with loved ones over the holidays. But let’s face it, sometimes we can get on each other’s nerves—it’s just part of human nature.

Difficult relationships and hard-to-handle personalities are a big part of Animal Behaviour, too, the latest NFB animated short by Alison Snowden and David Fine.

So it’s only fitting that just in time for the sometimes high-anxiety holiday season, Snowden and Fine’s Oscar-nominated short is being featured online in Canada starting December 18 on the NFB’s Ho Ho Holidays channel—a rich selection of almost 50 Christmas-themed works and popular classics.

About Animal Behaviour

Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals. In Animal Behaviour, the latest animated short from the Oscar-winning wife-and-husband team of Alison Snowden and David Fine (Bob’s Birthday), five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by Dr. Clement, a canine psychotherapist. This hilarious yet emotional short deals with animal issues that are not unlike our own. Should we learn and adapt, or should others just accept our true nature? Produced by Michael Fukushima at the NFB’s legendary Animation Studio in Montreal, Animal Behaviour has amassed over a dozen awards to date, including Best Animated Short at the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards.

About Ho Ho Holidays

Featuring beloved Christmas classics as well as new and acclaimed films for all ages, Ho Ho Holidays includes comedy gems like Jeff Hales’ The Great Toy Robbery; new favourites like Alexandra Lemay’s daughter-mother story Freaks of Nurture; timeless tales like Bill Mason’s Paddle to the Sea; Sheldon Cohen’s iconic The Sweater, adapted from Roch Carrier’s beloved hockey story; Alanis Obomsawin’s classic Christmas at Moose Factory; the stop-motion adventures of Ludovic the teddy bear in Co Hoedeman’s series for kids—and much more. A total of 49 films in all—and all free!


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Jennifer Mair
NFB Publicist - Toronto
C.: 416-436-0105 | @NFB_Jennifer

Katja De Bock
NFB Publicist - Vancouver
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Nadine Viau
Publicist NFB - Montreal
C.: 514-458-9745

Lily Robert
Director, Communications and Public Affairs, NFB
C.: 514-296-8261

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