This Sweater Is For You!

Celebrating the Creative Process in Film and Art: with the animator and illustrator of "The Hockey Sweater"

The Sweater is one of the most beloved animated films of all time. Based on Roch Carrier’s short story, also known as “The Hockey Sweater,” the film recounts the most horrifying moment of the author’s childhood. Sheldon Cohen is the artist who adapted the story into animation and created a film that is as much about childhood emotions and the desire to fit in, as it is about hockey, the clash of cultures, and a harkening to bygone times. As much as it appeals to Canadians — an excerpt from the story is on the five-dollar bill — it is much loved by many around the world.

Now 30 years later, Sheldon delves into the notebooks, photographs, and memories to re-create the process he undertook to make The Sweater. He takes the reader on a journey back to Ste.-Justine, showing all of the places and people that inspired the images he drew for the film. He also delves into his other films and illustrations over his 40-year career, and along the way he gives us rich insights into the creative process.

It’s a rare glimpse into the artist’s mind, which makes the film all the more remarkable.

With an Afterword by Roch Carrier.

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