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* MantisMatingMeal: Cheryl laments her tendency to eat her mates during sex has left her a lonely and stressed single-mother.

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See it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mU7p1gBAyFw here]] for yourself on the NFB's official Youtube channel.


* ConspicuousCGI: The opening shot, with the camera going down a hallway to Dr. Clement's office.


* ThickLineAnimation: Used for a kind of old-school visual effect.

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* ThickLineAnimation: Used for a kind of old-school visual effect.effect.
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* AnalogyBackfire: When Dr. Clement says that therapy is like peeling an onion to reveal your best self, Victor objects that all you get from peeling an onion is more onion.

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* AnalogyBackfire: When Dr. Clement says that therapy is like peeling an onion to reveal your best self, Victor objects that all you get from peeling an onion is more onion.onion and [[OnionTears watery eyes]].



* MoodWhiplash: After a session of regression therapy, Jefferey quickly goes from screaming in guilt and shame about killing his little brother to his normal cheerful self.

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* MoodWhiplash: MoodWhiplash:
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After a session of regression therapy, Jefferey quickly goes from screaming in guilt and shame about killing his little brother to his normal cheerful self.self.
** The horrified silence when [[spoiler: Dr. Clement jumps out the window]] turns awkward when [[spoiler: he climbs back in and tries to resume the therapy session.]] Then it turns sad when Victor breaks down and admits to his issues.

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* MoodWhiplash: After a session of regression therapy, Jefferey quickly goes from screaming in guilt and shame about killing his little brother to his normal cheerful self.


Dr. Clement is a dog who runs a group therapy session. His patients are: Lorraine, a leech with anxiety issues; Cheryl, a self-absorbed praying mantis; Todd, a pig who can't stop eating, Jeffrey, a bird with a dark secret; and Linda, a cat with OCD. Their efforts to work out their problems and neuroses are temporarily disrupted by the new arrival: Victor, a gorilla with an anger management problem. Victor thinks the whole process of therapy is ridiculous and pours scorn on all the rest.

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Dr. Leonard Clement is a dog who runs a group therapy session. His patients are: Lorraine, a leech with anxiety issues; Cheryl, a self-absorbed praying mantis; Todd, a pig who can't stop eating, eating; Jeffrey, a bird with a dark secret; and Linda, a cat with OCD. Their efforts to work out their problems and neuroses are temporarily disrupted by the new arrival: Victor, a gorilla with an anger management problem. Victor thinks the whole process of therapy is ridiculous and pours scorn on all the rest.




* ButtSticker: When Victor arrives, he unwittingly sits on Lorraine. Dr. Clement doesn't realize it until he turns to ask Lorraine a question. Lorraine is traumatized by the experience, but otherwise fine.

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\n* AnalogyBackfire: When Dr. Clement says that therapy is like peeling an onion to reveal your best self, Victor objects that all you get from peeling an onion is more onion.
* BigNo: Jeffrey lets out an agonized "NO!" after flashing back to the day he pushed his brother out of the nest.
* ButtSticker: When Victor arrives, he unwittingly sits on Lorraine. Dr. Clement doesn't realize it until he turns to ask Lorraine a question. Lorraine is traumatized rather horrified by the experience, but otherwise fine.



* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:It at first seems like Dr. Clement jumped out the window and died. Fortunately, he climbs his way back up, to everyone's relief.]]

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* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:It at first seems like Dr. Clement jumped out the window and died.got hit by a car. Fortunately, he climbs his way back up, to everyone's relief.]]]]
* HyperventilationBag: Dr. Clement gives Lorraine a tiny bag to breathe into when she starts having a panic attack.



* IAmAMonster: [[spoiler: After his outburst nearly gets Dr. Clement killed, a guilt-ridden Victor says "Look at me, I'm a monster!"]]
* IResembleThatRemark:
-->'''Cheryl:''' You are ''so'' in denial!\\
'''Victor:''' I am ''not!''



** When Victor fights Dr. Clement, [[spoiler:Victor holds up a leg from a broken chair. Upon seeing it, Clement suddenly acts like a dog playing fetch. Victor hurls the stick at him and it flies out the window, causing Dr. Clement to jump after it.]]

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** When Victor fights goes on a rampage, Dr. Clement, Clement starts acting like an attack dog. Later in their fight, [[spoiler:Victor holds up a leg from a broken chair. Upon seeing it, Clement suddenly acts like a dog playing fetch. Victor hurls the stick at him and it flies out the window, causing Dr. Clement to jump after it.]]


* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Jeffrey during his regression therapy when he realizes he pushed his brother off the nest.
** Victor finally realizes he has a temper problem when he [[spoiler:thinks he killed Dr. Clement by making him jump out the window.]]



* ThickLineAnimation: Used for a kind of old-school visual effect.
* WhatHaveIDone:
** Jeffrey during his regression therapy when he realizes he pushed his brother off the nest.
** Victor finally realizes he has a temper problem when he [[spoiler:thinks he killed Dr. Clement by making him jump off the window.]]

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* ThickLineAnimation: Used for a kind of old-school visual effect.
* WhatHaveIDone:
** Jeffrey during his regression therapy when he realizes he pushed his brother off the nest.
** Victor finally realizes he has a temper problem when he [[spoiler:thinks he killed Dr. Clement by making him jump off the window.]]
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* ButtSticker: When Victor arrives, he unwittingly sits on Lorraine. Dr. Clement doesn't realize it until he turns to ask Lorraine a question. Lorraine is traumatized by the experience, but otherwise fine.



* ConspicuousCGI: The opening shot, with the camera going down a hallway to Dr. Clement's office.



* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:It at first seems like Dr. Clement jumped out the window and died. Fortunately, he climbs his way back up, to everyone's relief.]]



* MyInstinctsAreShowing: The patients are there to cure what, to their respective species, is perfectly normal behavior.
** Dr. Clement claims to once having a habit of sniffing other people's butts. At one point his attention focuses on Victor's backside as he bends over, and we can see him fight the urge to sniff it.
** When Victor fights Dr. Clement, [[spoiler:Victor holds up a leg from a broken chair. Upon seeing it, Clement suddenly acts like a dog playing fetch. Victor hurls the stick at him and it flies out the window, causing Dr. Clement to jump after it.]]



* ThickLineAnimation: Used for a kind of old-school visual effect.

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* ThickLineAnimation: Used for a kind of old-school visual effect.effect.
* WhatHaveIDone:
** Jeffrey during his regression therapy when he realizes he pushed his brother off the nest.
** Victor finally realizes he has a temper problem when he [[spoiler:thinks he killed Dr. Clement by making him jump off the window.]]

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Dr. Clement is a dog who runs a group therapy session. His patients are: Lorraine, a leech with anxiety issues; Cheryl, a self-absorbed praying mantis; Todd, a pig who can't stop eating, Jeffrey, a bird with a dark secret; and Linda, a cat with OCD. Their efforts to work out their problems and neuroses are temporarily disrupted by the new arrival: Victor, a gorilla with an anger management problem. Victor thinks the whole process of therapy is ridiculous and pours scorn on all the rest.

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Dr. Clement is a dog who runs a group therapy session. His patients are: Lorraine, a leech with anxiety issues; Cheryl, a self-absorbed praying mantis; Todd, a pig who can't stop eating, Jeffrey, a bird with a dark secret; and Linda, a cat with OCD. OCD. Their efforts to work out their problems and neuroses are temporarily disrupted by the new arrival: Victor, a gorilla with an anger management problem. problem. Victor thinks the whole process of therapy is ridiculous and pours scorn on all the rest.



* CivilizedAnimal: All the animals talk like people, but they still exhibit their animal behaviors. The pig eats nonstop. The praying mantis admits the real reason she can't maintain a relationship is that she bites the heads off of her sex partners. The dog admits that he used to have a butt-sniffing problem that he has kicked.

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* CivilizedAnimal: All the animals talk like people, but they still exhibit their animal behaviors. The pig eats nonstop. The praying mantis admits the real reason she can't maintain a relationship is that she bites the heads off of her sex partners. The dog admits that he used to have a butt-sniffing problem that he has kicked.



* InterspeciesRomance: Implies to be what will happen at the end of the cartoon when Cheryl asks Victor out on a date. She can't bite his head off, at least.
* LiteralMetaphor: Lorraine says she feels like she's a parasite to her partner. She's reminded that she's a leech, so she ''is'' a parasite.

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* InterspeciesRomance: Implies to be what will happen at the end of the cartoon when Cheryl asks Victor out on a date. She can't bite his head off, at least.
* LiteralMetaphor: Lorraine says she feels like she's a parasite to her partner. She's reminded that she's a leech, so she ''is'' a parasite.



* TheShrink: Dr. Clement, dog psychologist. He helps Victor have a breakthrough.

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* TheShrink: Dr. Clement, dog psychologist. He helps Victor have a breakthrough.

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''Animal Behaviour'' is a 2018 animated short film (eight minutes) directed by Alison Snowden and David Fine, produced by the Creator/NationalFilmBoardOfCanada.

Dr. Clement is a dog who runs a group therapy session. His patients are: Lorraine, a leech with anxiety issues; Cheryl, a self-absorbed praying mantis; Todd, a pig who can't stop eating, Jeffrey, a bird with a dark secret; and Linda, a cat with OCD. Their efforts to work out their problems and neuroses are temporarily disrupted by the new arrival: Victor, a gorilla with an anger management problem. Victor thinks the whole process of therapy is ridiculous and pours scorn on all the rest.

First theatrical short for the spousal team of Snowden and Fine since their 1993 Oscar winner, "WesternAnimation/BobsBirthday".

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* CainAndAbel: Jeffrey the bird may be a cuckoo, given that his regression therapy exercise with Dr. Clement reveals that he murdered his little brother by pushing him out of the nest.
--> '''Dr. Clement''': It's OK, Jeffrey.\\
'''Victor''': ''That is not OK!''
* CivilizedAnimal: All the animals talk like people, but they still exhibit their animal behaviors. The pig eats nonstop. The praying mantis admits the real reason she can't maintain a relationship is that she bites the heads off of her sex partners. The dog admits that he used to have a butt-sniffing problem that he has kicked.
* DisembodiedEyebrows: Lorraine the leech has eyes at the top of her body, so her eyebrows float above her head.
* InterspeciesRomance: Implies to be what will happen at the end of the cartoon when Cheryl asks Victor out on a date. She can't bite his head off, at least.
* LiteralMetaphor: Lorraine says she feels like she's a parasite to her partner. She's reminded that she's a leech, so she ''is'' a parasite.
* ManlyTears: Victor when he finally breaks down in group and admits that he's always felt pressure to be the tough guy.
* TheShrink: Dr. Clement, dog psychologist. He helps Victor have a breakthrough.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Lorraine and Cheryl have the long lashes that animators sometimes use to demonstrate that a creature like a slug or a praying mantis is female.
* TherapyIsForTheWeak: So thinks Victor, who insults all the other people who are at Dr. Clement's therapy session.
* ThickLineAnimation: Used for a kind of old-school visual effect.

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