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Vancouver-based animation picks up Oscar nod

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – This year’s Oscar nominees have been announced, and among them are several Canadian names.

Alison Snowden and David Fine are the producers of “Animal Behaviour”, one of the Oscar nominees for best animated short.

Speaking on Breakfast Television, Snowden admits she wasn’t sure if their work would be recognized.

“We were so nervous before with the anticipation of not knowing if it was going to be all this excitement, or if everything was going to go quiet and people were going to say: that’s too bad.”

The film tells the story of five animals that meet regularly in a group therapy session, led by a canine psychotherapist.

Snowden says one of the points they wanted to make through the film is that it can be hard to change, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying.

“It’s got a few different messages,” she recalls. “One of the questions is if you should accept who you are or should you try and change to fit in with everyone.”

The animation took about two and a half years to be produced, and it’s just one of Snowden and Fine’s many films that has been nominated for an Oscar.

They won for best short animation in 1993 with “Bob’s Birthday”.

Fine recognizes the importance of winning an Oscar, but adds there are other things that should come first.

“We’re not thinking of ideas thinking ‘what would it takes to win awards or get to the Oscars.’ We are thinking about a film that means something to us, that tells a story that we’re interested in, that connects to the audience and people like it.”

-With files from Breakfast Television