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Invasion of the Space Lobsters ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB534333
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Michael Fukushima, David Verrall
Directors:  Janet Perlman
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Animation, Canadian Literature, Health and Medicine, Language Arts, Media Literacy, Science, Social Issues, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  6 - 8, 9 - 12
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2005
Running Time:  6m 47s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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Produced by the National Film Board of Canada with the participation of the Canadian Labour Congress

An advanced race of giant lobsters from outer space land on Earth 'sunny side up,' but no one knows why. An utter failure of communication with these galactic crustaceans catapults the world towards Armageddon bisque! World peace is at stake! What can save us? A little straight talk, perhaps?

With tongue planted firmly in cheek, director and writer Janet Perlman untwines the classic 1950s B-movie motif to weave a thoroughly madcap, animated parable pitting the virtues of clear language and good communication against bafflegab evil-doers. Does a contract have to be unreadable? Must political speeches be meaningless? Can assembly instructions be self-evident?

Dire consequences await the foolhardy practitioners of Orwellian doublespeak and just plain gobbledygook. Beware to all contract contortionists, purple prosaists and speech spinners. The jig is finally up. Resistance is futile!

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