When the Day Breaks

Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby (1999)

In this National Film Board of Canada animated short, Ruby the pig seeks affirmation in the city around her after witnessing the accidental death of a stranger… and finds it in surprising places. With deft humour and finely rendered detail, When the Day Breaks illuminates the links that connect our urban lives, while evoking the promise and fragility of a new day. Winner of over 40 prizes from around the world, the film also features singer Martha Wainwright.


  1. Very nice. It, indirectly, recalled a book I had read last year that would make an excellent animated film, called Fox 8, by George Saunders. The artwork in Fox 8 lends itself to this this style of animation, as well.

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