Gail Noonan of Cartoonan Films makes engaging short animations on everything from body image, menopause, square dancing to lost mittens


"About Cartoonan Films"

Gail Noonan

Animation allows me to combine an interest in music and storytelling with visual art in a dynamic form.
I have created eight animations so far with one in production and another in development.

Gail Noonan


A childhood spent in rural Nova Scotia prompted the decision to live the next phase of my life in as different an environment as possible. Winnipeg, a city on the prairies was the polar opposite of a small east coast village. Polar in more ways than one but the city was culturally alive and the University of Manitoba had a vibrant art school. After sampling most of the disciplines I eventually focused on printmaking and continued to make etchings and exhibit in Winnipeg for another seven years after finishing my studies.

I continued my slow westward migration with a move to Vancouver. A change of location prompted a change of media so I returned to art school to study film animation for two years at Emily Carr College of Art and Design. I think of it as more of a lateral transfer since my prints always had a strong sense of story and implied movement. My graduating film, Play Ball!, won a Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Film Festival in Saskatchewan which encouraged me to continue to make my own films. My last Westward Ho! was a move to Mayne Island, part of the Southern Gulf archipelago off the coast of Vancouver. Strangely enough the locale is similar to the small coastal village where I grew up on the opposite side of the country.


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