Peter Foldès (1973)
One of the very first computer animated shorts. Nominated for an Oscar. In this animated short, director Peter Foldès depicts one man’s descent into greed and gluttony. Rapidly dissolving and ever-evolving images create a contrast between abundance and want. One of the first films to use computer animation, this satire serves as a cautionary tale against self-indulgence in a world still plagued by hunger and poverty.
Hunger/La Faim is a 1973 animated short film produced by the National Film Board of Canada. It was directed by Peter Foldes and is one of the first computer animation films. The story, told without words, is a morality tale about greed and gluttony in contemporary society.
Peter Foldes worked in collaboration with the National Research Council’s Division of Radio and Electrical Engineering’s Data Systems Group, who decided to develop a computer animation application in 1969. NRC scientist Nestor Burtnyk had heard an animator from Disney explain the traditional animation process, where a head animator draws the key cels and assistants draw the fill in pictures. The work of the artist’s assistant seemed to Burtnyk to be the ideal demonstration vehicle for computer animation and within a year he programmed a “key frame animation” package to create animated sequences from key frames. The NFB in Montreal was contacted so that artists could experiment with computer animation. Foldes made a 1971 experimental film involving freehand drawings called Metadata. This was followed by Hunger, which took him and his NRC partners a year and a half to make. It cost $38,893 (equivalent to $233,358 in 2021) to create.