This animated short tells the story of the relationship between a little boy and the tree which lovingly and unstintingly provides for his needs at each stage of his life, asking nothing in return. Simple and low-key, this film raises profound questions about parental and filial love, and about the need to give and the need to repay.
The Giving Tree
USA, 1971, 10 minutes, color
Directed by Charlie O. Hayward
Produced by Nick Bosustow and Shel Silverstein
Based on the book by Shel Silverstein
Narrated by Shel Silverstein
Public Exhibition 16mm rental available