This colourful short animation traces the insecure protagonist’s path to tobacco addiction after he discovers, as a teengaer, that smoking can make him “cool”. His addiction follows him well into adulthood, until the scare of lung cancer forces him to face his demons. This funny yet cautionary tale is told by the protagonist as he sits on a psychiatrist’s couch, his recollections amusingly illustrated in colourful vignettes of his past. Both entertaining and visually rich, the film is a deterrent against smoking drawn in typical ’60s modernist/pop-art style.
Director: Carlos Marchiori.
Writers: Guy Glover, Gilbert Choquette, Carlos Marchiori.
Animator: Carlos Marchiori.
Composer: Don Douglas.
1966 Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film.
1967 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Subject, Cartoons.
Oscar nominee! Oscar nominee! Sweet.