Barker’s Runaway Pulls into Cannes

Canadian animator Cordell Barker’s latest short Runaway will make its world premiere at the 48th Intl. Critics’ Week at Cannes (May 14-22). The fast-paced offering from Barker, who is best known for his hugely popular, Oscar-nominated short The Cat Came Back (1988) and also for Strange Invaders (2001), centers on an out-of-control driverless train and the manic struggle among its passengers as they prepare for the impending disaster.

The madcap action is accompanied by the music of Benoit Charest, who also composed the Oscar-nominated music for Sylvain Chomet’s The Triplets of Belleville. Barker’s nine-minute short is produced by Derek Mazur out of the National Film Board of Canada’s Prairie Center in Winnipeg.

You can view clips and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Runaway at www.nfb.ca/runaway.