Union Canal Unlocked

The Happy Swan Animation

An image from the Happy Swan
An image from the Happy Swan

As part of the Union Canal Unlocked project pupils from class P4C at Canal View Primary School had fun working with students from Edinburgh College of Art Animation Department and Anna Canning from UCU in creating their own unique tales from the towpath. To view the animation, click on the thumbnail image at the bottom of this page.

The Happy Swan

One day long ago, when the Union Canal was being built, a passing swan saw the navvies hard at work and was happy, thinking "that's going to be another lovely place to swim". Then after the canal was completed, it got really busy with boats going up and down carrying coal and manure, and there was lots of noise. So the swan was sad. Finally a rule was made that people had to go slowly on the canal - no more than 4 miles an hour - and everyone started to help look after canal and its wildlife. The swan came back to the canal, and enjoyed hearing happy children and dogs playing by the canal as it swam along.

Created by: Believe, Cheyenne, Emily, Janis, Mark, Owen, & Reece.

Animation team: Jared Taylor - Animation tutor, Amy Bruning - Yr3 Animation student, Tyler Carrigan - Yr3 Animation student, Lucian Stern - Yr 3 Animation student

Direction team: Anna Canning - UCU, Claire Smith - Canal View Primary School


Play video clip The Happy Swan