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Every Child is a 1979 animated short film directed by Eugene Federenko, produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

It was produced in coordination with UNICEF in support of UNICEF's declaration of the rights of the child. In the short, a baby is left on various doorstops in a prosperous neighborhood. A businessman leaves the baby on the next doorstop because he is too busy. An elderly couple plops the baby down on the next doorstop because their dog is jealous. A woman leaves the baby on the next doorstop because her husband/boyfriend won't have it. Finally the baby is abandoned outside in a stroller, which careens down a hill to the dump—where the baby is taken in by a pair of homeless men.

Available on Youtube through the NFB's official channel here.


  • Anthropomorphic Animal: The dog washes dishes and vacuums the carpet.
  • Doorstop Baby: Left on quite a few doorstops, in fact.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The dog's intense jealousy of the baby leads the elderly couple to dump the baby at the next house.
  • Hobos: Two hobos rooting through the dump end up adopting the baby.
  • In Medias Res: How many doorsteps did the baby land on before the cartoon starts?
  • Line Boil: As pretty much always happens with hand-drawn animated films.
  • Medium Blending: Starts and ends with live-action shops of two guys from "Les Mimes Electriques" acting out the cartoon, along with a baby that they are recording.
  • Written Sound Effect: When the man on the phone yells at the businessman, random letters come spilling out of the phone.