Du Iz Tak?
As a tiny sprout unfurls, two damselflies peer at it in wonder. "Du iz tak?" one asks the other, in the private and mysterious language of the insects. This film imagines the dramatic possibilities to be found in even the humblest backyard, and offers a microcosmic view of the unstoppable cycle of life.
Du Iz Tak? is based on the book by Carson Ellis. The film was adapted, directed, and animated by Galen Fott. The musical score was composed and produced by Sarah Hart. The film is produced by Paul R. Gagne and Melissa R. Ellard. Running time is 11:05.
Eli D'Amico — Beetle 3
Sebastian D'Amico — Beetle 1
Burton Fott — Millipede
Galen Fott — First Caterpillar/Icky/Bluefly/Stickbug
Laura Fott — Gnat/Ooky/Hatbug
Sarah Hart — Damselfly 2
Bella Higginbotham — Beetle 2/Hat Caterpillar/Cricket
Evelyn Hipp — Flying Bug
Brian Hull — Damselfly 1/Lizard/End Caterpillar
Nashville Film Festival
KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival
Carrousel international du film de Rimouski, Quebec
Boston International Kids Film Festival
Children's Film Festival Seattle
Brooklyn Academy of Music BAMkids Film Festival
Chicago International Children's Film Festival
KUKI International Short Film Festival for Children and Youth Berlin
Bay Area International Children's Film Festival
Festival Ciné Junior, France
Belmont Family Film Festival (MA)
Bellingham Children's Film Festival (WA)
Festival de Cine Creat Rivas, Madrid
PLAY – Festival Internacional de Cinema Infantil & Juvenil de Lisbon
Cinemagic International Film and Festival for Young People, Belfast
Environmental Youth Forum, San Rafael CA
Plein la Bobine, France
REVIEWS AND PRAISE:
"The tale is imaginatively animated as a hilarious assortment of bugs walk, climb, and slide...Animator/director Galen Fott has deftly adapted Carson Ellis's Caldecott Honor picture book, infusing it with meaning and conveying the joy of discovery...This multilayered and beautifully and thoughtfully designed adaptation encourages inference, creativity, and teamwork and will delight audiences of all ages." — Lonna Pierce, School Library Journal
Images from the film Du Iz Tak? Copyright © 2018 Weston Woods Studios, Inc.
Du Iz Tak? book text and illustrations Copyright © 2016 by Carson Ellis