The little Bird is a project of Lena von Döhren. The movies are produced by Schattenkabinett GmbH and intended for the whole family.

A small flightless bird explores its forest meeting new friends every time all the while being followed by a hungry but very clumsy fox.    

The little Bird and the Bees

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High above, the small bird enjoys the flowers of its maple tree. A mysterious humming that needs to be fathomed sends him on a journey into a magical world of flowers. Of course, the fiery red fox is soon on the little bird’s heels. Trailed by bad luck the fox makes acquaintance with the hard-working bees. The final encounter with the beehive results into a rather unpleasant surprise for the troublemaker.

The little Bird and the Caterpillar

2017 / 4 min / Schattenkabinett Gmbh
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The little bird has plenty of peace and quiet high up in its tree, at least until an unexpected guest shows up. The brash caterpillar’s keen on devouring the green leaves that the little bird has cared for so tenderly. During the ensuing showdown, the two fail to notice that someone else is hard on their heels, and this character’s craving a more savoury snack.

The little Bird and the Squirrel

2014 / 4 min / Schattenkabinett Gmbh
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It is autumn. There is one last colourful leaf hanging at the end of a long branch. The little black bird would like to water it, but the squirrel snatches away the watering can and begins hopping with it from tree to tree. The little bird follows the cheeky thief but then the fiery red fox comes stalking. He is not interested in the watering can. He wants the bird and the squirrel. Good job they can hide beneath the colourful autumn leaves. And good thing too that you can play trumpet on a watering can. How nice it is when a pair having a row become friends after all.

The little Bird and the Leaf

2012 / 4 min / Swiss Effects
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It is winter. At the end of a branch hangs a single leaf. A little black bird comes along to water the leaf, but it falls off. The wind lifts the leaf and dances with it through the snowy wood. The little bird joins in, delighted. But the fiery red fox behind the tree is already licking his lips.

Awards

The little Bird and the Caterpillar
  • Special Mention, Hsin-Yi Children‘s Animation Awards, Taiwan, Dec 2019
  • Goldener Spatz, Deutsches Kinder Medien Festival, G, Jun 2018 
  • Public Price, 3rd Place, Solothurn, CH, Jan 2018
  • Bariq Award, Ajyal Youth Film Festival, Catar, Dez 2017
  • Public Price, Festival Cinéma Jeune Public Lausanne, CH, Nov 2017
  • Best Animated Film for Young Audiences, OIAF, Kan, Sep 2017 
  • International Kids Award, Fest Anca, SLO, Jul 2017
  • Bronze price, Fantasia International Film Festival, CA, Jul 2017
The little Bird and the Squirrel
  • Audience Award, Durango Independent Film Festival, USA, Apr 2016
  • Best Children’s Short Film, The Brussels Animation Film Festival, Belgium, Feb 2016 
  • Hsin-Yi Children’s Prize Animation Awards Top Prize, Taiwan, Nov 2015
  • Audience Award, Monstra, Lisboa, Portugal, Mar 2015
  • 3rd place Best Animation, International Nature Film Festival Gödöllö, Hungary, May 2015
  • Best Kid‘s Film, Singapore International Children’s Festival, Jun 2015
The little Bird and the Leaf
  • Professional Jury Award Plein la Bobine, France, Jun 2012
  • Special Prize, Hiroshima, Japan, Aug 2012
  • Childrens’s Choice Award Bronze, Sapporo, Japan, Sep 2012
  • Special Mention, Bradford Animation Festival, GB, Nov 2012
  • Anilogue Grand Prix, Budapest, Hungary, Nov 2012
  • Winner of The Elefant Competition Programme, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Dez 2012
  • Price of Public, Kurzfilmtage Solothurn, Switzerland, Jan 2013
  • Special Mention, Euganea Film Festival, Italy, Jul 2013
  • Best Childrens Film, Fesa Award, Belgrad, Serbia, Aug 2013
  • Jury’s special distinction, Animanima, Cacak, Serbia, Sep 2013
  • Best Children’s Film, VFAF, Varna, Bulgaria, Sep 2013
  • Young Audience Choice Award, Festival International du Court Métrage, Lille, France, Okt 2013
  • Special Mention, Clare Valley Film Festival, Australia, Nov 2013
Sketches 2012-2020

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