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!


"More Sensitive"

35mm 2003

Available on DVD and VHS

More Sensitive takes us on a tipsy turvy trip into a bar where a performer valiantly strikes the first piano chord to introduce his song. How does he survive the almost complete indifference of his audience?

In two action packed minutes we move from the dizzying world of the quizzical drunk to the self obsessed perspective necessary to endure the oblivion of performing in a bar.

Despite the brevity full use is made of every frame to explore all kinds of animation techniques in any manner of combinations. Hand coloured photographs, cutouts, plasticine, drawing on paper and cel, optical effects, this film provided no end of opportunity for experimentation.

Kim Darwin is an accomplished jazz musician with a stinging sense of humour. His self parody, complete with tripping glissandos, gets funnier with every listen. In real life Kim plays wildly improvizational jazz accordion. His song, More Sensitive, draws on his experience of playing in hotel piano bars.


  • Melbourne International Animation Festival, Australia

  • Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto, ON. Awarded Best Animation

  • Moving Pictures, Canadian Films On Tour

  • Short Film Showcase tour organized by the Toronto International Film Festival.

  • RiverRun International Film Festival, Winston-Salem, NC, USA

  • Nashville Film Festival, Tennessee, USA

  • Satellite Short Film Festival, toured rural communities in British Columbia

  • Dawson City International Short Film Festival, Yukon

  • Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan, USA

  • Cinanima - International Animated Film Festival, Espinho, Portugal

  • 15th St. John's International Women's Film Festival, NFL, Canada

  • 5th Brisbane International Animation Festival, Australia

  • Toronto International Film Festival, ON, Canada

  • Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, NS, Canada

  • Ottawa International Animation Festival, ON, Canada
    Best of the Rest Showcase

  • Anima Mundi (international animation festival), Brazil

  • Annecy International Animated Film Festival, France
    International Panorama

  • Newport Beach Film Festival, CA, USA

  • Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival, BC, Canada
    Best Animated Short

  • 30th Northwest Film and Video Festival, Portland, OR, USA


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