Virtual Children’s Series

The Orphan and the Polar Bear

Directed by Neil Christopher
Produced by Louise Flaherty and Neil Christopher
Taqqut Productions Inc.
Based on the book The Orphan and the Polar Bear by Sakiasi Qaunaq (Inhabit Media)

According to Inuit oral history, long ago animals had the power of speech, could shift their appearances, and could even assume human form. In The Orphan and the Polar Bear, a neglected orphan is adopted by a polar bear elder. Under the bear’s guidance, the little orphan learns the skills he will need to survive and provide for himself.

February 21 – March 31, 2022

08:46 | 2014 | Canada

Centaur’s 2022 Children’s Series goes online and features an educational and entertaining short film selection from the archives of Montreal animation company E.D. Films.

About E.D. Films

E.D. FILMS is a multi-disciplinary animation studio based in Montreal since 2007. Our work encompasses short and long linear films, virtual realities, commissioned content for immersive experiences, process tutorials, and digital creation tools. Our talented team is at the core of everything we do. We aspire to thoughtful engagement, knowledge sharing, curiosity, and hand crafted artistry. We explore complex contemporary topics like environmental conservation, fusion energy, machine learning, and cosmology, all through a lens of playfulness, creativity and possibility.


Directed by Neil Christopher
Produced by Louise Flaherty and Neil Christopher
Based on the book, The Orphan and the Polar Bear by Sakiasi Qaunaq, published by Inhabit Media
Screenplay by Neil Christopher
Narrated by Johnny Issaluk
Animated by Daniel Gies
Character design and artwork by Eva Widermann
Original score by Daniel Gies
Sound recording by Chris Coleman and Thor Simonsen
Sound design and mix by Tyler Fitzmaurice
Foley by Kevin Jamey
Digital cutouts by Randel Palo
Produced with the assistance of the Government of Nunavut and the Nunavut Film Development Corporation
Special thanks to: Qikiqtani Inuit Association

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