Mr. Crab

Ten-year-old Rishi both idolizes and fears his imposing father, who tells him stories about the crystal clear waters of his homeland of Trinidad & Tobago. An explosive temper keeps his son at a distance even though Rishi’s father tries everything he can think of to build a bond. A quiet child, Rishi soaks in every word, and dives into his vivid fantasies of beautiful tropical fish deep in the ocean. The boy hides away and escapes into this dream world, but even there the frightening Mr. Crab with deadly sharp claws awaits him. Mr. Crab offers a touching portrait of an immigrant father trying to make a connection with his son, and a little boy trying to make sense of the fantastic world his father tells him about. Told as a dream itself in a style reminiscent of Michel Gondry, director Faisal Lutchmedial combines rich cinematography with flowing underwater puppetry, and out of this world stop-motion by award winning animator Eva Cvijanovic (winner of the 2008 Air Canada enRoute Achievement in Animation Award).