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Animated Stories


Lift Off

Year Level:

Kindergarten/Preschool to Year 4

Curriculum Study Areas:



Narrative Structure; Film Language


Students view some animated stories and discuss ways of telling and retelling stories. They create stories and compare animation and print as storytelling media.


Any available Lift Off episode. Each Lift Off episode includes a self-contained three-minute Animated feature story. Each animated story is different and a wide range of animation and narrative styles are used.
Suggested episodes:
Hunting the not fair from That's Not Fair Lift Off 1 ep 04A ACTF
Grandma's knee from Threads LIFT OFF 1 ep 25A ACTF

Baby from Under Pressure Lift Off 2 ep 02A ACTF

Mrs Talkalot from In Your Shoes Lift Off 2 ep 11A ACTF
Animated in Real Friends Lift Off 1 ep 20A ACTF
Animated in Lost Lift Off 1 ep 21A ACTF
See also these segments in the Lift Off education resource packs:
Upwardly mobile frogs and Chuck, the rock in Lift Off to the environment
Burping baby and Hunting the not fair in Lift Off to language
Freckles and The outsider in Lift Off to personal growth
Beach cleaner in Lift Off to play
Grandma's knee in Lift Off to social learning and living
Ice flowers in Lift Off to science and technology
Other: Felix and Alexander by Terry Denton OUP Melbourne 1985
How the bird got its colours by May Albert Ashton Scholastic Sydney 1992

Lstraight arrow connector 1esson plan:

View an animated feature story from Lift Off

Watch the story without any sound and predict what the story will be about, who will be telling the story and what it will sound like. Think of words that could describe the story, e.g. sad, funny, noisy, eventful, slow-moving. Watch the story and see how close the predictions were. Talk about the use of sound effects to illustrate the mood of the story. Classify the sound of the story using words like fast, soft, slow, repetitive, etc.

Discuss the story

Discuss what happened in the story. Make a timeline of events. Students could illustrate this and display as a wall frieze. Consider some of the following techniques to encourage students to retell the story:

  • plan a television news report about the story and present it to the class

  • design a poster about the story much like an advertisement for a film

  • develop a storyboard for the story using six to eight segments

  • make puppets and develop a play based on the story

  • re-tell the story on audiotape for a class of younger students.

Do some creative writing

List the main characters. Students select a character from the story and write a day in the life of ... or a letter from this character to a relative or a wanted poster or design a new wardrobe.

Compare two stories

Compare and contrast two quite different feature stories, e.g. Hunting the not fair from That's not fair and Grandma's knee from Threads or Baby from Under pressure and Mrs Talkalot from In your shoes. List all the differences, e.g. use of colour, sound, camera movement, narration, topic.

Describe the choice of animation style. Why was it chosen? What else might have been appropriate? Have a go at depicting a favourite scene from the story using the animator's style.

Talk about the work of animators and the choices they make in animating a story. Watch two animated feature stories and compare and contrast animation styles. List three reasons why the students think the animation style was chosen.

Compare with the book

Choose one of the stories that is available in book form to read to the class and compare with the animation e.g.

  • Felix and Alexander by Terry Denton and animated in Real friends, or

  • How the bird got its colours by May Albert and animated in Lost

Compare the two different media (book, animation). Discuss the similarities and differences in presentation. Have a vote of which medium the students thought worked best and why.

Create the next chapter in the story

Discuss students' reactions to the story. How did they feel and why? What did the writer and illustrator do to evoke their feelings? Does the mood change? As a class plan the next

chapter of this story. Write down the main storyline and plot main events. This could be developed into a class book.

The animated feature story titles are:

(Note: The numbering system used below, e.g. A load of old rubbish 1:1A refers to 'Title ... Lift Off Series 1 ep 1 Part A).

Lift Off episode

Story Title

A load of rubbish 1:1A


Destroy 1:2A

Jason becomes a giant

Which one? 1:3A

Ruff, ruff

That's not fair! 1:4A

#Hunting the not fair

Because it feels good 1:5A


Into the unknown 1:6A

*Bip, the snapping bungaroo

Once I grew 1:7A

#Ice flowers

Something tells me 1:8A

*Teacher eater

The wheel turns 1:9A

#Burping baby

Out of order 1:10A

Chuck, the rock

Above and beyond 1:11A

Fair swap

I can! 1:12A

#Looloobelle the lizard (titled The Outsider in the episode)

Remember 1:13A

Beach cleaner

Clash 1:14A

Alphonse, the independent atom

For sale 1:15A

#Dancing pants

Face 1:16A


Going under 1:17A

#Frogs on the run (titled Upwardly Mobile Frogs in the episode)

Illusion is all 1:18A

The beast with a thousand eyes

Beneath the skin 1:19A


Real friends 1:20A

*Felix and Alexander

Lost 1:21A

*How the birds got their colours

Funday 1:22A

#Molly's sock

No entry 1:23A

*Murgatroyd's garden

Wanting 1:24A

Fred, the wonder dog

Threads 1:25A

#Grandma's knee

All together now 1:26A

Home is a sailor

Brand new 2:1A

The magic potty

Under pressure 2:2A


What's missing? 2:3A

Oscar the orange ocelot

My world 2:4A

Tree Beard

Would I lie? 2:5A

The lie that kept growing

Give and take 2:6A

Uncle Henry

Far out 2:7A


Out of this world 2:8A


The shape I'm in 2:9A

Smelly the clown

Heroes 2:10A

Fly Boy

In your shoes 2:11A

Mrs Talkalot

We're not alone 2:12A

A nightmare in my cupboard

From where I stand 2:13A


* Adapted from an existing book
# Made into a picture book from Lift Off series

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