Do Unto Otters
Welcome to the web page for the film Do Unto Otters! When the Otters move in next door, Mr. Rabbit doesn’t know what to do. Mr. Owl helps him learn how to be a good neighbor and friend: Just do unto otters as you would have otters do unto you!
The film Do Unto Otters is based on the book of the same name, written and illustrated by Laurie Keller. Galen Fott of Bigfott Studios adapted, directed, and animated. Ken A. Priebe contributed the hand-drawn animation for the “Considerate” sequence. The music is composed and performed by Rusty Young and Jack Sundrud. The film is produced by Paul R. Gagne and Melissa Reilly at Weston Woods Studios, Inc. Running time is 12:06.
To purchase the film on the Scholastic Storybook Treasures DVD The Scrambled States of America and More Stories by Laurie Keller, click here.
To visit Weston Woods Studios' Do Unto Otters page where you can purchase the film alone on DVD, click here.
To visit author/illustrator Laurie Keller's website, click here.
To visit director/animator Galen Fott's personal website, click here.
For information on co-composer Rusty Young, click here.
To visit co-composer Jack Sundrud's website, click here.
Mr. Rabbit: Jack Sundrud
Ms. Otter: Diana Canova
Gray Otter: David de Vries
Brown Otter: Rusty Young
Mr. Owl/Mr. Bee: Galen Fott
AWARDS AND SCREENINGS
American Library Association ALSC 2009 Notable Children's Video
WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival Gold Remi Award
KIDS FIRST! Film and Video Festival -- 3rd Place, Best Short Ages 5-8
REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival
Children’s Film Festival Seattle
Saugatuck Children’s Film Festival
Belmont World Film Family Festival
Film Festival Zlín
Kids World Film Festival
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
Asheville International Children’s Film Festival
Breath of Life Animation Festival
Mountainfilm in Telluride
Oxford Film Festlval
The Belcourt Theatre, Nashville
REVIEWS AND PRAISE
“This manners lesson is a lively romp...Keller’s colorful illustrations have been animated, bringing each animal to life. A witty and wonderful book has been made into an even more engaging and entertaining film.” -- Starred review, School Library Journal
“Using a spoonful of whimsical cartoon sugar to help the behavioral medicine go down, this is both fun and instructive.” -- Video Librarian
“Wonderful bluegrass-style music and voices...” -- ALA Notable Video Committee
“The underlying message of this entertaining video is easy for younger viewers to grasp. Bouncy guitar and dulcimer music is catchy...and kids are likely to be singing it after the video ends.” -- Catholic Library World
“The best of these episodes is in my opinion the Do Unto Otters story, which focuses on manners and getting along with others. My children on the other hand would probably politely disagree and vote for The Scrambled States of America Talent Show.” -- Video Vault online review of “The Scrambled States of America and More Stories by Laurie Keller”
Images from the film Do Unto Otters, Copyright © 2008 Weston Woods Studios, Inc.
Do Unto Otters book Copyright © 2007 by Laurie Keller