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

More Sensitive


Lost and Found

The Menopause Song

Your Name in Cellulite

Two Beautiful Stars

Play Ball!

"Your Name in Cellulite"

35mm,  1995

Also available on VHS and on
The Laughing Feminist Compilation


Your Name In Cellulite is a six minute animated film about the disparity that exists between a woman's natural beauty and the ideal set forth in popular culture. The body will only tolerate so much in the attempt to satisfy the demands of fashion before it takes matters into its own hands.

I used a variety of drawing methods on paper and also some tracing on cel. The music and foley sound were done by Ian Mackie, a percussionist who now does foley sound effects in Vancouver. Additional sound effects were done by myself and Mark Lauckner.


". . . . an exceptionally clever short film, the animated six-minute ``Your Name in Cellulite'' by Gail Noonan. Expert draftsmanship and dazzling ingenuity help Ms. Noonan depict the horrors faced by a nude female figure trying desperately to make herself beautiful and squeeze into her clothes."
Janet Maslin

"...six hilarious animated minutes...using outlandish wit and exhilarating images, Noonan has crafted a mini-masterpiece on the subject of letting go."
John Cooper, judge for the 1995 Northwest Film and Video Festival and programmer for the Sundance Festival.



  • 41st Cork International Film Festival, Ireland
  • Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantastic de Sitges, Barcelona,Spain.
  • LIII Mostra Internazionale D'Arte Cinematografica,
    La Biennale Di Venezia, Venice, Italy.
  • Outfest'96:the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, U.S.
  • Images Festival of Independant Film and Video, Toronto, Canada, Telefilm Award.
  • 45th Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia
  • Sydney Film Festival, Australia
  • Women Make Movies, Washington, D.C., U.S.
  • Philelphia Festival of World Cinema, U.S.
  • International Animation Festival Cardiff, Wales
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival
  • Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, USA.
  • Gôteborg Film Festival, Sweden
  • Aspen Shortfest, Colorado, USA.
    Special Recognotion Award.
  • Local Heroes International Screen festival, Edmonton,Alberta
  • Minimalen Short Film Festival, Trondheim, Norway
  • Women in the Director's Chair, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • New Directors, New Films, New York, New York, USA


  • Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival, Sask.
  • The Drambuie Edinburgh Film Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Telluride Film Festival, Colorado, USA.
  • The British Short Film Festival, London, England.
  • Toronto International Film Festival, Ontario.
  • Fantoche International Animation Festival, Baden, Switzerland
    Awarded Public Prize (sponsored by MTV).
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, B.C.
    National Film Board Award for Best Animation.
  • Mill Valley Film Festival, California, USA.
  • Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden.
  • 22nd Northwest Film and Video Festival, Portland, Oregon, USA.
    Winner of Jury Award.
  • Sinking Creek Film/Video Festival, Nashville, TN, USA.
    Winner of Paul Clere Humanitarian Award.
  • St.John's International Women's Film Festival, Newfoundland.
  • 19th Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil.
  • Cinanima '95, Espinho, Portugal.




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