A train runs into a cow on the tracks; with the captain nowhere to be found, the fireman is forced to desperately improvise in order to keep the train going.

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A train may be racing toward a crash with a cow. The engineer, who calls himself captain and poses in Napoleon hat and uniform with epaulets, is distracted by a lady who enters the engine car looking for a small, black dog. The captain accompanies her back through a car of swells in top hats. The fireman, a small and polite but dutiful man, sees danger ahead and searches for the captain. The train is low on fuel with a high mountain in front and a ruined behind, so the fireman calls on the passengers to donate fuel. The swells negotiate with a carload of revelers, so all might end well. But what of the captain, lady, dog, and cow? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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An odd inclusion...
19 February 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This animated film was included with the special showing of the 2010 Oscar-nominated short films as one of the non-nominated but highly commended films. However, I thought this was an odd choice as I wasn't the least bit bowled over by it and I have seen many cartoons also sponsored by the National Film Board of Canada that were much better. Now you can't blame RUNAWAY for this--it's not a bad film at all, but it just seemed to be featured a bit out of its league.

The film has traditional style animation--something that's become rarer these days. The drawing style is very simple and the story is done without many words at all. The music is pretty nice and works well with the film.

As for the story, it's very, very simple. There is a train that is chugging down the tracks with a conductor (they call him a "captain" here and he wears a naval-type uniform, however) who doesn't pay much attention. Because of this, the train strikes a cow and then soon goes careening out of control. The guy shoveling coal is forced to drive--with dire consequences. Overall, it's a very simple story with a bit of a sense of humor, but it's also pretty average from a NFB film.


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