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

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Lost and Found

The Menopause Song

Your Name in Cellulite

Two Beautiful Stars

Play Ball!

"Play ball!"

16mm, 1989

Also available on video and on The Laughing Feminist Compilation.

Play ball! is my first animated film. I made it at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design as my graduating film. It is about dealing with fate's curve balls when life does not proceed according to a deeply ingrained set of assumptions. To this day I can't say I understand everything in this film.

The animation was drawn on paper using water soluble graphite and pencil crayons. I started working on the sound and music almost as soon as I started drawing. Since the school had a sound studio I was able to record myself singing into a four track tape recorder. I also experimented with the sound effects by reversing them or altering the speed.


  • Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival, Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
    Golden Sheaf Award for Best Animation.

  • Ann Arbour Film Festival, Anne Arbor, Michigan.
    Chosen for Festival Tour.

  • Athens International Film and Video Festival, Athens, Ohio.

  • Festival International de Cinema de Animacao, Espino,Portugal.

  • Montana Film and Video Festival, Helena, Montana.
    Awarded Best Non-commercial Animation.

  • Uppsula Film Festival, Uppsula, Sweden.

  • In-Sight'90, Edmonton, Alberta.


  • B.C. Student Film and Video Festival, Chilliwack, B.C.

  • Twentieth Canadian Student Film Festival, Montreal, P.Q.


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