|Directed by||Amanda Forbis|
|Produced by||Marcy Page|
David Verrall (exec.)
David Christensen (exec.)
|Written by||Amanda Forbis|
|Music by||Judith Gruber-Stitzer|
|13 minutes 30 seconds|
Wild Life is a 2011 Canadian animated short film by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis. The film debuted at the 2011 Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto in June 2011 and online on January 6, 2012. The film was nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 84th Academy Awards, and Best Animated Short Subject at the 39th Annie Awards as well as a Genie Award for Best Animated Short at the 32nd Genie Awards.
Based in Calgary, Tilby and Forbis were previously nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for their 1999 NFB film When the Day Breaks, with Tilby also nominated individually for her 1991 NFB short Strings.
In addition to writing and directing the film, Forbis and Tilby drew and painted every animation frame in guache, and wrote the lyrics for the film's final song. They were only able to work on Wild Life part-time, due to commercial obligations, and the film is reported to have taken them from six to over seven years, from concept to completion.
The film has been nominated as Best Animated Short Film at the 84th Academy Awards, and Best Animated Short Subject at the 39th Annie Awards as well as a Genie Award for Best Animated Short at the 32nd Genie Awards. The short won three honors at the 38th Annual Alberta Film and Television Awards in Calgary, including the Rosie for Best Short. Forbis and Tilby also won the Rosie for Best Animator(s) or Motion Graphic Artist(s), while the award for Best Overall Sound — Drama went to Wild Life creative crew David J. Taylor and Pat Butler.
- "Web Premiere: "Wild Life" by Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby". Cartoon Brew. January 6, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
- "Wild Life". www.bcdb.com, February 2, 2012
- Melissa Leong; Eric Volmers (18 January 2012). "Homegrown films up for Genie Awards". Calgary Herald. Postmedia News. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
- Patch, Nick (24 January 2012). "Two National Film Board of Canada animated shorts nominated for Oscars". Toronto Star. Canadian Press. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
- Hall, Jamie (22 February 2012). "Edmonton producer's film Wild Life off to the Oscars". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
- Dixon, Guy (24 February 2012). "Oscar-nominated NFB animators draw on tradition". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
- Anderson, Paul (May 16, 2012). "NFB's "Wild Life" short piles up 3 Alberta awards". Big Cartoon News. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
- Wild Life at the National Film Board of Canada's website where the film can currently be watched in its entirety.
- Wild Life on IMDb
- Wild Life at The Big Cartoon DataBase
- Canadian filmmakers Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby talk about their short-listed animated short Wild Life
- Wild Life: How it started?, a video interview with Forbis and Tilby at NFB website