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NATPE News: NFB Brings Original Canadian Animation

The National Film Board of Canada will be at NATPE this year with NOËL NOËL, an animated Christmas special narrated by Leslie Nielsen, that revives the great tradition of children's fairy tales.

The title character in this whimsical half-hour is a misguided billionaire, who falls in love with Beatrice, a bespectacled fairy who prefers words of love to rivers of diamonds. Thanks to little Zoey, her dog Snooze and a blue-eyed reindeer, Noel Noël finally realizes that money doesn't bring happiness, and that to be happy, you have to listen to your heart.

NOËL NOËL is written by Martin Barry, directed by Nicola Lemay and produced by Marc Bertrand, Jean-Jacques Leduc and Marcy Page.

Recent sales by the NFB to the U.S. include NFB childrens programming has been acquired by two U.S. broadcasters: HD kids channel Animania, part of the new high-definition satellite TV service VOOM, as well as HBO Family. Also, a package of acclaimed NFB animation, including Oscar nominees BLACKFLY and WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, to air on the Sundance Channel.

Since its creation in 1939, the National Film Board of Canada has produced more than 10,000 films and won more than 4,000 awards -- including 10 Oscars. As Canada's public film producer, the NFB produces and distributes distinctive, culturally diverse, challenging and relevant audiovisual works that provide Canada and the world with a unique Canadian perspective.

Initiated by Norman McLaren 60 years ago, animation filmmaking at the National Film Board of Canada ( has been recognized ever since as a cornerstone of NFB activity, garnering over 21 nominations for Academy Awards. The NFB continues to promote an experimental approach to the art of animation that addresses a wide range of ages and interests including specialized projects designed for young people.