Du Iz Tak?

As a tiny sprout unfurls, two damselflies peer at it in wonder. "Du iz tak?" one asks the other, in the private and mysterious language of the insects. This film imagines the dramatic possibilities to be found in even the humblest backyard, and offers a microcosmic view of the unstoppable cycle of life.

 

Du Iz Tak? is based on the book by Carson Ellis. The film was adapted, directed, and animated by Galen Fott. The musical score was composed and produced by Sarah Hart. The film is produced by Paul R. Gagne and Melissa R. Ellard. Running time is 11:05.

VOICE CAST:

 

Eli D'Amico — Beetle 3

Sebastian D'Amico — Beetle 1

Burton Fott — Millipede

Galen Fott — First Caterpillar/Icky/Bluefly/Stickbug

Laura Fott — Gnat/Ooky/Hatbug

Sarah Hart — Damselfly 2

Bella Higginbotham — Beetle 2/Hat Caterpillar/Cricket

Evelyn Hipp — Flying Bug

Brian Hull — Damselfly 1/Lizard/End Caterpillar

LINKS

 

To visit Weston Woods' Du Iz Tak? page where you can order the film on DVD, click here.

 

To visit Carson Ellis’s website, click here.

 

To visit director/animator Galen Fott’s personal website, click here.

 

To visit composer Sarah Hart’s website, click here.

SCREENINGS:

 

Nashville Film Festival

KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival

Carrousel international du film de Rimouski

Boston International Kids Film Festival

Children's Film Festival Seattle

Brooklyn Academy of Music BAMkids Film Festival

Chicago International Children's Film Festival

KUKI International Short Film Festival for Children and Youth Berlin

Bay Area International Children's Film Festival

REVIEWS AND PRAISE:

 

"The tale is imaginatively animated as a hilarious assortment of bugs walk, climb, and slide...Animator/director Galen Fott has deftly adapted Carson Ellis's Caldecott Honor picture book, infusing it with meaning and conveying the joy of discovery...This multilayered and beautifully and thoughtfully designed adaptation encourages inference, creativity, and teamwork and will delight audiences of all ages." — Lonna Pierce, School Library Journal

Images from the film Du Iz Tak? Copyright © 2018 Weston Woods Studios, Inc.

Du Iz Tak? book text and illustrations Copyright © 2016 by Carson Ellis