A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hosting a noon-hour short film event at a local library. It was in conjunction with National Canadian Film Day. I volunteered to show some NFB animated shorts over the noon-hour as part of the celebration on April 29th of NCFD. One of the shorts I screened was “My Financial Career”. This 1962 animated short was directed by Gerald Potterton and narrated by Stanley Jackson. It follows the adventure of a man who opens a bank account for the very first time in his life. Funny situations soon follow.
First of all, I really liked the animation style in the film. It looks hand-drawn, which is a welcome contrast to today’s computer animation. Secondly, I enjoyed the humour. The intimidation felt by the new client, as well as the paternalistic attitudes displayed by the bank staff, clearly captures what many people go through when dealing with new situations, powerful people, and potential life-changing decisions.
I’ve watched this animated short more than once since first stumbling on it. It’s a great little story that captures a more simpler time. Hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.