The rocking chair is a standard feature in Quebec homes. From one generation to the next, it accompanies family members from cradle to grave.
This short, like all Frederick Back's earlier shorts, include humor and the characters are designed in a frankly cartoony style. Crac is wholly pantomime accompanied by music. He wanted to create a film to celebrate a rapidly disappearing, if not altogether lost, way of life in Quebec. The film was inspired by a French homework assignment written by his ten-year-old daughter, Süzel. Enchanted by her tale of a trusty old rocking chair that no one appreciates anymore, Back put it away for safekeeping and eventually used it as the starting point for the storyline of Crac!.
This film is simply gorgeous. For the time it was made, this was a standout film that begged to be noticed for both its artistic styling as well as the fascinating history lesson contained within. Still it's an epic without dialogue; the images are held together by a musical theme Roger slowly develops over time.
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