Kid draws hundreds of pictures to make animated movie about depression

Story by CBC Kids News • 2019-03-27 10:22

How to equip your inner hero for the fight

Roman Fehr thought the short film he made about depression would be a school project that he submitted and quickly forgot about.

Instead, it seems to have struck a chord.

The 90-second animated video, called Overcoming the Darkness, is about a person who gets the help he needs to fight off depression.

“Everybody has their own inner hero,” Fehr said. “You just need to give the inner hero the strength it needs.”


In the two weeks since the 13-year-old from Regina first posted his movie on YouTube, it has been viewed almost 3,000 times and racked up a string of positive comments.

“Thank you for working so hard to spread the word on a difficult topic,” said Mariana Price.

Price said she had already shared the video with family members who struggle with depression.

In Roman Fehr’s movie, Overcoming the Darkness, depression looks like a big black monster who is eventually destroyed by the main character’s inner hero, dressed as a knight. (Philip Street/CBC)

What is depression?

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, depression is a serious type of mental illness called a mood disorder.

People with depression often feel down and hopeless.

The good news is, depression can be treated with therapy, emotional support and medication.

Getting help

Fehr said although he doesn’t suffer from depression himself, he knows some people who do.

After doing some research, he learned it’s possible to overcome depression, but “you can’t do it alone,” Fehr said.

In his video, the main character is seen getting help from family and friends, speaking with a therapist and getting medication.

The artwork

Fehr created the movie with a tablet and stylus.

He had to draw the same pictures over and over again, with slight variations every time.

In total, Fehr drew 1,025 pictures.

Watch the full movie, Overcoming the Darkness, here:

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