Janet Perlman

ManymeJanet Perlman lives in Montreal and is a writer and illustrator of funny children’s books and a director of funny animated films. Her work has received international acclaim, including an Oscar® nomination and many festival grand prizes.

As a child Janet wanted to be a geologist or a stewardess. Her first job consisted of putting scented plastic roses into plastic bags. None of this portended a career in books and film, but as an art student, she found her passion for telling stories through her drawings. Janet now works in her home studio, where she creates most of her artwork in the computer.

The Emperor Penguin’s New Clothes is one of a trilogy of penguinized retellings of fairy tales, which include Cinderella Penguin, and The Penguin and the Pea. Two of her books are based on animated films she made at the National Film Board of Canada: Cinderella Penguin (The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin) and The Delicious Bug (Dinner For Two).

Janet’s Website: http://www.janetperlman.com/home.html

Children’s Print Picture Books

  • Cinderella Penguin (Paperback) – Puffin Books 1992 – ISBN-13: 978-0140555523
  • Cinderella Penguin (Library Binding)- Turtleback 2005-  ISBN-13: 978-0785756729
  • The Emperor Penguin’s New Clothes (Hardcover) – Viking Juvenile 1995 – ISBN-13: 978-0670858644
  • The Emperor Penguin’s New Clothes (Paperback) – Puffin 1997 – ISBN-13: 978-0140557312
  • The Penguin and the Pea (Hardcover) – Kids Can Press 2009 – ISBN-13: 978-1550748321
  • The Penguin and the Pea (Paperback) – Kids Can Press 2009 -ISBN-13: 978-1553379836
  • The Delicious Bug (Paperback reprint) – Kids Can Press 2013 – ISBN-13: 978-1771380348
  • The Delicious Bug (Harcover) – Kids Can Press 2009 – ISBN-13: 978-1553379966


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Filmography and Awards


Ottawa Animation Festival Trailer

(Independent)  Writer/director/animator/designer 2014

Monsieur Pug

(National Film Board)  Writer/director/animator/designer 2014

I Want To Go Home – 1:00

(Independent)  Writer/director/animator/designer 2012

Sorry Film Not Ready – 1:00

(Independent)  Writer/director/animator/designer 2010

Golden Pencil Award – 2D or Not 2D Animation Festival, 2011 

Hot Seat – 7:00

(Acme Filmworks) Writer/director/animator/designer 2008

First prize, sponsored films over 2 minutes, ASIFA East Awards, NYC, 2009

Third prize – ASIFA San Francisco audience award, 2009

Special Jury Award – Kalamazoo Animation Festival, 2009

Invasion of the Space Lobsters

(National Film Board)  Writer/director/animator/designer 2006

Diploma of Honour, International Short Film Festival, Sukagawa, Japan, 2007

American Library Association notable video for 2006

Honorable Mention – Children & Youth category – Columbus International Film Festival, 2006 

Penguins Behind Bars – 23:00

(Hulascope Studio/Cartoon Network/ National Film Board) ) Writer/Director/Producer – 2003

Chris Statuette – Entertainment category – Columbus International Film Festival, 2003

BAMmie Award –  Best animated film – Brooklyn Academy of Music film festival – 2004

Pulcinella Award, Best TV movie, Cartoons on the Bay, Italy 2004

Special recognition, TV film, Zagreb 2004

Platinum REMI, Independent Short Subject, Houston International Festival, 2004

Bully Dance –  10:00

(National Film Board)  Writer/director/animator/designer 2000

Grand Prize – Festival for Children and Youth (DIVERCINE 2001) Montevideo, Uruguay.           

Best Short Film – Festival for Children and Youth (DIVERCINE) Montevideo, Uruguay.

Golden Slipper – best animated film, Zlin Film Festival, Czech Republic, 2001

Kodak Festival Partner Prize, Zlin Film Festival, Czech Republic, 2001

Adult Jury  1st Prize –  Animated Short Film  – Chicago Children’s Film Festival, 2001

Grand Prix de Montréal 2002 for Best Short Film and Children Jury Prize for Best Short

Honorable mention, National council on Family Relations – Minneapolis – 2001

Chris Statuette – Education & Information – Columbus Internationa Fillm Festival,2001

Honorable Mention, National Council for Family Relations Media Awards

Dinner for Two/ Dîner intime –  7:12

(National Film Board)  Writer/director/animator/designer 1996

Best Short Film – Grand Prix des Ameriques – Montréal World Film festival, 1996

Animated Eye Award, Aspen, 1997

Best Animated Film, San Diego International Film Festival, 1997

Bronze Apple Award – National Education  Media Network, Oakland, USA 1997

Grand prize, animation category, International Family Film Festival, Seoul, Korea  1997

Best Film, children’s jury, International Family Film Festival, Seoul, Korea  1997

Unicef Prize for best Short Film – Berlin Film Festival, 1997

Best Animated Film, Adult Jury, Chicago Children’s Film Festival, 1997

Best Animated Film, Children’s Jury, Chicago Children’s Film Festival, 1997

Bronze Plaque, Columbus Film Festuval, 1997

First Prize, Animation, Adult Jury, International Film Festival for Children and Young People, Hyderabad, India (November 1997)

First Prize, Animation, Children’s Jury, International Film Festival for Children and Young People, Hyderabad, India ,1997

Best Children’s Film – Zagreb Animated Film Festival, 1998

Animation Gold Award – New York Expo of Short Film & Video, 1998

Three Men In a Kitchen – title sequence

( WGBH) Director, animator, designer

– Honorable Mention, ASIFA East Awards, 1994

Mystery Titles  (Dir. Derek Lamb, Design Edward Gorey)

(WGBH) – animation director

– Broadcast Design Association, Silver Award , 1991

My Favorite Things That I Love – 3:52

(independent) Producer/director/designer, 1994

Special Jury Award, “Best Bad Taste” –  Ottawa Animation Festival, 1994

Isabella Liddell Art Award, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 1995

Normand Roger Palmare du Son “Best Horrible Music” – Annecy Animation Festival, 1995

Jurors’ Merit Award – Sinking Creek Film Festival, 1995

Special mention – Zagreb Animated Film festival, 1996

The Soldier’s Tale (Dir. Bob Blechman)

(R. O. Blechman Inc.) sequence animator

Emmy Award  1984 (awarded to each animator)

The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin – 10:00

(National Film Board of Canada) 1981 prod/director

Academy Award nomination, 1982

Certificate of Merit, Chicago International Film Festival, 1983

Ruby Slipper Award, best animation, Children’s Film Festival, 1984

Diploma of Merit, Uppsala Film Festival, Sweden, 1984

Parent’s Choice Gold Award – Best children’s Video – 1991

Why Me? – 10:00

(National Film Board of Canada)   1977  co-prod/dir. with Derek Lamb

First Prize – Ottawa Animation Festival,1978

Blue Ribbon Award, American Film Festival, 1979

Silver Cindy, IFPA Cindy Competition, 1979

Chris Bronze Plaque, Columbus Film Festival, 1979

Second Prize, Varna Animation Festival, 1979

Certificate of Outstanding Achievement, San Francisco International Film Festival, 1979

First Prize, Medical and Health Category, San Francisco International Film Festival, 1979

Second Prize, International Rehabilitation Film Library, 1980

Judges Choice Award, Humboldt State University Film Festival, 1980

First Prize, American Occupational Therapy Association Film Awards, 1981

Lady Fishbourne’s Complete Guide to Better Table Manners – 7:00

(Nat. Film Board of Canada) 1975  des./dir.

– First prize, educational category, Ottawa Animated Film Festival, 1978