Runaway by Cordell Barker

Now online: Runaway, a popular short from last year by Cordell Barker (The Cat Came Back). And kudos to the NFB for making so much of their animation library, past and present, readily accessible online.

(Thanks, Warren Leonhardt)


  • purin

    I saw this along side the oscar nominated shorts a few days ago!
    There was one thing that bothered me, and I sometimes wonder if I’m the only one who’s bugged by this:

    When you’re dealing with flat, I’m supposing flash-type animation that’s being moved around a lot (as in, on a bump train), is it normal for it to get kind of oddly blurry, and almost like the computer had a jump in thinking? I got kind of nauseous during some of the scenes with a lot of motion because of this.

  • Steve Gattuso

    I really wish this had been nominated over LOGORAMA…

  • http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/mjf7583 Michael F.

    I saw it in the Oscar shorts series that’s been playing at theaters too. It’s a shame that it didn’t get a nomination but I am thrilled that it is being shown along other runners-up.

  • Mike Cagle

    This should have been one of the Oscar nominees. A great commentary on the present state of the world.

  • http://www.forthebirdsblog.blogspot.com Michael J. Ruocco

    This was my favorite short shown at the Animation Show of Shows a few months back. The pacing is absolutely perfect! Probably my favorite short of the whole year!

    Shame it didn’t get nominated though. Ah well… it’s still a winner in my book.

  • http://niffiwan.livejournal.com/ Niffiwan

    I love this film.

    Actually the first of the Barker’s films that I’ve felt that way about.

  • http://paulietoons.com/ Paul Neuhaus

    I’m a little surprised at how artifact-y this copy is. NFB usually does a better job digitizing their stuff.

  • http://www.michaelspornanimation.com/splog/ Michael Sporn

    I was astonished when I learned that this film wasn’t nominated. It was one of the only bright spots among the original entrants.

  • http://hand-drawn-animation.blogspot.com David Nethery

    Currently (Tuesday night 7:19 pm) the link says “This Film is Unavailable”.

    Hopefully it will be back up soon.

    From what I’ve seen of it so far (trailers, the making-of video on the NFB site) it seems as shame that this film was not nominated for Best Animated Short Film by the Academy. I wonder if there is a feeling among some Academy members like “oh, yeah … another brilliant animated film from the NFB. Ho hum. What else is new ?” [looks around] OH : ‘Logorama’ . Shiny !”

  • Thomas Dee

    Now offline. Drag.

  • High-Minded Civilian

    As much as I love this short, and find it hilarious and a brilliant use of music…I’m missing this social commentary Barker and fellow fans are raving about.

    If he intended this to be philosophical or political, then it was a complete and utter failure. Otherwise, it’s terrific.

  • GhaleonQ

    Argh. The one that should have finally gotten him an Academy Award. Thanks for reminding us.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Shame it appears I missed out on seeing it now.

  • Vincent

    Thank you, that was great fun.

  • Sprat

    Unfortunately I have to agree, “Logorama” was probably the worst Oscar winner in the category since “The Chubb Chubbs.”

    The is the first time I’ve seen “Runaway,” I enjoyed it a lot though the ending was surprisingly weak, I didn’t feel like the cartoon added up to much.

  • http://www.adamoliver.com Adam

    i was lucky enough to meet Cordell last year in Annecy. He kindly sat and chatted for an interview whilst I floundered around with questions and so on, only to realise after that my recorder had died early into the session!

    I managed to see it whilst there and it’s a great film, second to the cat came back for me personally. He keeps himself to himself but is one of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure of talking to, and it would be quite easy of him to think highly of himself.

    It should have been nominated but at the end of the day awards are not the be all, although they do look nice above the fireplace.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    “The is the first time I’ve seen “Runaway,” I enjoyed it a lot though the ending was surprisingly weak, I didn’t feel like the cartoon added up to much.”

    Just having watched it now, that’s the thought I got as well. Not to say I expected more from a prolonged tragedy but it is one that does top itself in that department.

  • Sprat

    @ Chris,

    Come to think of it I think i felt the same way about his “Strange Invaders” too. Some great moments and very funny stuff but another very unsatisfying ending, almost like he just ran out of time.

  • http://artofguy.blogspot.com Guy

    That was pretty cool.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    “Come to think of it I think i felt the same way about his “Strange Invaders” too. Some great moments and very funny stuff but another very unsatisfying ending, almost like he just ran out of time.”

    Strangely I liked how “Strange Invaders” ended personally. Maybe it’s based on taste (or perhaps Barker makes polarizing films). I remember something Charles Solomon once said about “The Cat Came Back” in an audio commentary (from the “World’s Greatest Animation” LaserDisc) where he mentioned how rather unfunny and sad it would be to see that short in live-action since a real person would hurt too much doing what the guy does in that cartoon, and how animation can make the situation appear more comic since it is far removed from reality in the first place.

  • Jorgen Klubien

    I’m kinda shocked it didn’t get nominated, let alone win. Just great animation!