In this animated short, Ralph’s day gets off to a bad start when he dismisses his wife’s orders to clear the snow from the front walk. When he comes home and finds the mailman dead on his front stairs, Ralph attempts a massive cover-up with disastrous results. One dead mailman leads to a case of mistaken identity, a runaway bride and a very confused coroner. Life starts looking up for Ralph once he decides to stop worrying about it all. John Weldon won a 1978 Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for this hilarious story. —National Film Board of Canada
Born in Belleville, Ontario, on May 11, 1945, John Felix Weldon left for Montreal within a week, along with the rest of his family. He has been there ever since, obtaining his university degree in mathematics and psychology at McGill and a certificate from MacDonald’s Teacher’s College.
It was while at MacDonald’s that Weldon made his first foray into arts and entertainment. He composed the book for a musical comedy called Genius is a Four Letter Word. “I never looked back,” he recalls. Soon afterward, his character The Thinker moved into a new medium, the comix, in The Pipkin Papers. That, along with a short animated film that he’d made, propelled Weldon into the National Film Board in 1970. He stayed for 33 years, winning an Oscar for Special Delivery, a Genie for The Hungry Squid and numerous awards around the world.
Weldon started out as an apprentice in a heralded animation unit that included Norman McLaren and Robert Verrall, the man who hired him. He worked as a tracer… read more