short film The Old Man and the Sea © Productions Pascal Blais inc / Imagica Corp. / Panorama Film Studio
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The Old Man and the Sea

Based on the novel by Ernest Hemmingway, the short follows the story of Santiago, an old fisherman whose luck on the water has turned very bad of late. For 84 days he has not caught any fish, so Santiago takes his skiff far out into the Gulf to fish. There his line snares a huge marlin, but his battle to bring the fish in is only the beginning of his journey...

Created by: Productions Pascal Blais inc, Imagica Corp., Panorama Film Studio
Language: English / French
Country of Origin: Canada / Japan / Russia
Featuring the voices of:
Gordon Pinsent ... ???
Kevin Delaye ... ???
Directed by: Aleksandr Petrov
Produced by: Bernard Lajoie and Tatsuo Shimamura
Executive Producers: Jean-Yves Martel and Shizuo Ohashi
Musical Score by: Normand Roger and Denis L. Chartrand
Writing Credits: Aleksandr Petrov
Animated by: Aleksandr Petrov and Dmitri Petrov
Based on: the novel by Ernest Hemmingway

For this film, animator Aleksandr Petrov used an animation technique of oil paint applied to multiple layers of glass. Instead of using a paintbrush, Petrov manipulated the paint using his fingertips. This 20 minute film of 29,000+ frames took two and a half years to complete.

This film won the Academy Award in 2000 for Best Animated Short.

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