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Otherwise [Anders-Artig] (2002)

A chameleon fails to conform to normality as he and his siblings grow and explore their world. Different in every way, from what he likes to eat to his abilities, he gets the blame when another chameleon is snatched by a bird of prey. He flees in terror when the other chameleons turn on him, but he unwittingly stumbles upon the missing chameleon and saves him. The group’s rage is forgotten when they are reunited with their lost sibling and the ‘strange’ lizard is finally accepted.

Classroom Activities

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Questions

  • How were we introduced to or how did we meet the charatcers?

  • How could you tell the others did not like the red chameleon?

  • When did the chameleons change colour?

  • When the red chameleon was being chased, how do you think he felt?

  • What did you think was going to happen/expect to happen when the eagle cam swooping down?

  • Which parts of the film were exciting/sad/made you nervous? Can you explain why?

  • What were the different setting in the film, the places where things happened in the story?

Watching

  • Screen the film “sound on, vision off” so your class hear only the soundtrack. Can we tell what is happening? Is someone scared or excited?

  • Show the film up to the point where the eagle first appears. Pause the film and ask the class to predict what might happen next.

  • Highlight the changes in colour as the chameleons walk through different settings. Can your pupils name the colours and predict what colour they will go in the next shot?

  • Create a pictorial timeline of the film, noting the changing colours of the chameleons and what they are doing (e.g. when they are lying on rocks, they are brown; when they are running up the mountain, they are blue/grey).

  • Discuss the idea of a cliff-hanger in stories. Screen the film and ask the pupils to note what they think are “cliff-hanger moments”.

Analysing

  • Freeze frame at significant moments in the story. From what can be seen, ask pupils to imagine what the characters might be feeling or thinking.

  • On the class whiteboard, create two columns titled “differences” and “similarities”. Ask pupils to first list ways in which the red chameleon is different from the others (e.g. he doesn’t change colour; he is vegetarian). Then talk about how similar they are (e.g. four legs, he has a tail).

  • Provide cut-out pictures of people, animals, everyday things we see all the time. Get your children to work in groups to create two boxes: to identify ones that are ‘the same’ and ‘different’.

  • Ask your pupils to think of ways the red chameleon could have been included. How should the others behave towards him?

  • Write a descriptive character profile, focusing on physical characteristics.

Creative

  • Re-create or draw the main settings where the action takes place (for example: the jungle, the beach, a mountain)

  • Investigate how colours change when they are mixed together. Using paints or crayons, create new ones.

  • Camouflage is a big part of the chameleon’s story. Create a collage using colours and textures where the chameleons could hide. Find out about other animals that disguise themselves.

  • Think about the red chameleon’s feelings. Ask your pupils to write about what it is like to be different from a group.

  • Ask pupils to think up some cliff-hanger moments in a story of their own. Use a storyboard to draw how they would present it in a film, focussing on camera shots and inter-cutting (e.g. shots of two animals about to charge at each other, then a person standing between them, looking the other way).

  • Prepare a box filled with strips of paper with emotion words written on them (e.g. happy, sad, angry, etc). Ask pupils to select a word at random from the box then draw what their selected emotion looks like.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-002-000-003-C
Resource Rights Holder Christina Schindler, Trick Films
Project Ref STST1-02
Year of Production 2002
Genre Drama
Curriculum Areas Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing, Literacy and English, Social studies, Religious and moral education, Modern Languages
Who Christina Schindler (Director, Writer, Producer), Herdis Albrecht (Animator), Ulf Grenzer (Animator)
Country of Origin Germany
Medium / Content 2D Animation, Fiction, Colour, Sound
Themes Intolerance, Difference, Friendship, Peers
Clip Length 07:00