A couple plays Scrabble. He’s stuck with seven E’s and getting nowhere fast, so she decides to do some housework. While she’s out of the room, he glances at her letters; she catches him at it and an argument ensues. Meanwhile, a nuclear war is breaking out, with chaos in the streets as people try to escape the city before bombs fall. The couple’s argument escalates; they bring up their pet peeves – “you’re always shaking your eyes,” “well, you’re always sawing the furniture!” Can there be reconciliation before annihilation? And, what about the Scrabble game? —IMDb
Richard Condie is one of Canada’s most eccentric, and celebrated and internationally recognized, animators. His career as a director, writer, composer and musician began with a penchant for privacy, decades of “fooling around” (or doodling) on paper and a Canada Council grant. By the time he was in his late twenties and living in Winnipeg, Condie had tried his hand at teaching, social work, musical performance and astrophysics. In 1977, when he was in his mid-30s, he applied for government money to make Oh Sure (1977), which exemplifies the now classic Condie scenario — men who make fools of themselves in their efforts to impress one another. More than a quarter of a century and 10 animated works later, this auteur has earned two Oscar nominations and dozens of awards from around the world for his daring and comically dark personal parables.
His move to Winnipeg proved to be fortuitous: while he was developing his skill as an animator, the National Film Board opened its Winnipeg… read more