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!

"Two Beautiful Stars"

35mm  1992

Also available on video and on The Laughing Feminist Compilation

Two Beautiful Stars is a three and a half minute animated square dance. Tradition is combined with the unorthodox as the dancers ds-si-do in a parody of relations between the sexes. I used my experience as a printmaker to create the atmospheric backgrounds. The figures were drawn on a frosted acetate which allowed me to paint the back of the cel in the traditional manner while using pencil crayons to add shading in the front. The music was a combination of two traditional tunes melded on the spot by the musicians; Rosie Szerepi on violin, Lisa Light with her bodhran and accordionist Glen Watts. The call was written and performed by myself.


  • Focus On Women Arts Festival, Victoria, B.C.  
  • 18th Atlanta Film & Video Festival, Georgia.
    Awarded Honourable Mention for Best Animation film.
  • Women In the Director¹s Chair, Chicago, Illinois.
  • In-Sight'92, Edmonton, Alberta.



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