Canadian Animator Whimpering Claims Rise Slightly in August

Bob Lincoln September 28, 2012 2

Adult beverage of choice for Canadian animators languishing in self-pity about their under-employment, modest skills and disastrous NHL lockout. Their incessant ramblings about the terrible fate foisted on them by God, the government and the conspiratorial evil cabal of animation studios who won’t take their calls are usually directed at uncaring family members, clergy, or often, the empty chairs nearby.

Labor force data released Wednesday show Canadian animator whimpering claims increased slightly in August, with more than 115 new instances of insufferable Molson-fueled whining filed compared to 109 new claims filed the previous month.

Though the Canadian animation industry employment index showed slight improvement during the three month period ending August 31, the slight jump in first time whimpering claims is yet another mixed signal on the overall health of the industry and more importantly, further evidence of the need for Canadian animators to complain about every perceived slight in their life, real or imagined, to anyone within earshot.

The Canadian government has long used animator whimpering claim statistics as a barometer of the overall health of the animation industry, even in the face of criticism from business leaders and market analysts who favor more traditional economic metrics such as the number of animators under age 30 that take Inuit wives, or whether or not Teletoon development executives bring their lunches to work in paper bags or shiny new Marvel superhero lunch boxes.

According to the Labour Ministry report, other animation industry indicators were mixed in August as well.  New production starts for short films over 12 minutes in length increased 20% from 10 to 12.  However, for the 78th consecutive month, no short films under 12 minutes in length began production. With regards to the 12 new short film startups, continuing recent artistic trends, plodding, dull familial tales of abuse and clumsy allegories of loss and abandonment illustrated with birds and oddly drawn forest creatures outnumbered comedies and lazily crafted experimental films 5 to 1.

Image credit: Molson Canadian by seantoyer | CC-BY-3.0


  1. Halifax Tom September 28, 2012 at 11:26 am - Reply

    I’ll complain about the ridiculously condescending tone of this post just as soon as I finish yelling at my mom about how the NFB never accepts my pitches.

  2. The Spectre October 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    I fail to deduce the motivation behind this whole blog – the slick design and condescending tone suggest that it comes from a producer, but to what end… comedy? No… shining a critical light on funny foibles… not that either… this is so fringe it defies classification.

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