Hunger (1974)

The film Hunger inspired a generation of computer animators in Canada. This short is created by Peter Foldes under the auspices of the National Film Board of Canada. Hunger includes striking computer-generated interpolations of key poses drawn by hand and painstakingly digitized into the computer software.
NRC (National Research Council of Canada) scientists Nestor Burtnyk had programmed a complete key frame animation package that allowed the creation of animated sequences by providing only the key frames. The National Film Board in Montreal was contacted and thus a project to allow artists to experiment with computer animation was launched.

The first experimental film involving freehand drawings, called Metadata, was made by artist and animator Peter Foldes. This led to a more substantial collaboration on a 10-minute feature called Hunger/La Faim about world hunger and about rich and poor countries. The film took a year and a half to be created.
It became the first computer-animated movie to be nominated for an Academy Award as best short for "its trailblazing progress in the development of software and techniques for computer assisted key framing for character animation". It received other honours, including the Prix du Jury at the Cannes Film Festival and other international film awards.

This films is a satire of self-indulgence in a hungry world. Rapidly dissolving, reshaping images, made with the aid of a computer, create a stark contrast between abundance and want. A man eats, at first sparingly but soon, his appetite grows to gluttony, greed and gratification of every desire. The nightmare that finally haunts him is the one that hangs over our desparate world.
Hunger remains a landmark of early computer animation.
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