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Copyright © 2006 Jubilee Studios

The Mantis Parable

Created in its entirety by first-time filmmaker Josh Staub, The Mantis Parable is the charming tale of a humble caterpillar trapped in a bug collector's jar and in need of a helping hand.

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From story to visuals to music and sound, Josh created this computer animated film over an 18 month span at home in his spare time.

By day, Josh is the Art and Visual Design Director for Cyan Worlds, the creators of the popular games Myst, Riven, and URU: Ages Beyond Myst.

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Copyright © 2006 Jubilee Studios

Awards and nominations

4th Runner-up - Best Short Film
19 May – 12 Jun | United States
Best Animation
Winnipeg International Film Festival | 2005
9 Jun – 12 Jun | Canada
NOMINATION
Best Short Film - Up to 10 minutes
God On Film Festival | 2005
11 Jul | United States
Grand Prize - Best Children's Film
9 Aug – 14 Aug | United States
Best Animation
20 Sep – 26 Sep | United States
Future Filmmaker Award
20 Sep – 26 Sep | United States
Best Animated Short Subject
18 Oct – 24 Oct | United States
2nd Prize - Animated Short Film or Video - Children's Jury
27 Oct – 6 Nov | United States
People's Choice Award
10 Nov – 20 Nov | United States
International Animation of the Year
16 Dec – 18 Dec | United States
Best Animation
2 Feb – 11 Feb | United States
Best Animated Short Film
24 Mar – 26 Mar | United States
Director's Choice Award
3 Feb | United States
Audience Choice Award
3 Feb | United States
Best Short Film
21 Jun – 25 Jun | United States
Best Short Animation
23 Aug – 27 Aug | United States

Previous screenings

2005
29 Apr – 5 May | Athens, United States
19 May – 12 Jun | Seattle, United States
4th Runner-up - Best Short Film
Winnipeg International Film Festival | 2005
9 Jun – 12 Jun | Winnipeg, Canada
Best Animation
22 Jun – 26 Jun | Boston, United States
8 Jul – 24 Jul | Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil
God On Film Festival | 2005
11 Jul | New York, United States
9 Aug – 14 Aug | Providence, United States
Grand Prize - Best Children's Film
20 Sep – 26 Sep | Palm Springs, United States
Future Filmmaker Award
Best Animation
23 Sep – 25 Sep | Birmingham, United States
30 Sep – 8 Oct | Edmonton, Canada
18 Oct – 24 Oct | Hollywood, United States
Best Animated Short Subject
Uppsala International Short Film Festival
24 Oct – 30 Oct | Uppsala, Sweden
27 Oct – 6 Nov | Chicago, United States
2nd Prize - Animated Short Film or Video - Children's Jury
10 Nov – 20 Nov | Denver, United States
People's Choice Award
10 Nov – 20 Nov | St. Louis, United States
16 Dec – 18 Dec | United States
International Animation of the Year
2006
1 Feb – 3 Feb | Monte Carlo, Monaco
2 Feb – 11 Feb | Santa Barbara, United States
Best Animation
2 Feb – 9 Feb | Spokane, United States
3 Feb | Jersey City, United States
Director's Choice Award
Audience Choice Award
2 Mar – 5 Mar | Libertyville, United States
24 Mar – 2 Apr | Maitland, United States
24 Mar – 26 Mar | Omaha, United States
Best Animated Short Film
30 Mar – 12 Apr | Philadelphia, United States
31 Mar – 9 Apr | Sarasota, United States
5 Apr – 9 Apr | Riga, Latvia
Indielisboa: International Independent Film Festival
20 Apr – 30 Apr | Lisboa, Portugal
25 Apr – 7 May | New York, United States
Cortoons: International Short Animated Film Festival
26 Apr – 28 Apr | Rome, Italy
26 Apr – 4 May | Indianapolis, United States
Annecy International Animation Film Festival
5 Jun – 10 Jun | Annecy, France
Newport International Film Festival | 2006
6 Jun – 11 Jun | Newport, United States
7 Jun – 11 Jun | Jackson, United States
9 Jun – 17 Jun | Atlanta, United States
14 Jun – 18 Jun | Maui, United States
21 Jun – 25 Jun | St Paul, United States
Best Short Film
23 Aug – 27 Aug | Tahoe, United States
Best Short Animation
6 Oct – 15 Oct | Los Angeles, United States

Latest press reviews/articles

INTERVIEW
CG Society Production Focus - The Mantis Parable
26 Jun 2006 | Paul Hellard | CGSociety
REVIEW
“... A luminous short...The Mantis Parable is a visual stunner, a you-are-there tour of the inside of a household world we're all too big to ever visit. ...”
19 Dec 2005 | Taylor Jessen | Animation World Magazine
INTERVIEW
AnimWatch Feature: The Mantis Parable
1 Aug 2005 | Steve Ogden | AnimWatch
INTERVIEW
CG Channel Preview: The Mantis Parable
23 Aug 2004 | Tulay Tetiker | CG Channel
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Trailers have recently been added for 'Three-Fifty', 'Now You See Me, Now You Don't', 'The Mantis Parable' and 'Burley!' | more...
19 February 2008
A trailer has been added for Josh Staub's 'The Mantis Parable' | more...
30 August 2007
Josh Staub's "The Mantis Parable" has taken the People's Choice Award at the Denver International Film Festival. | more...
21 November 2005
Best of category awards went to "Special People", "Through my Thick Glasses" ("Gjennom mine tykke briller") and "A Life to Live"... | more...
9 November 2005
Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 19 Jun 2010