Survival vs Learning

a public service announcement

Initially this video was made for a small community in Western Australia, but the ideas are applicable anywhere.

It concerns adult behaviour and how it can adversely affect a child’s development. The tone is deliberately light and amusing; pitched for kids, but aimed at adults. The koala character could be any child from any community. We see how trauma influences psychology, causing the survival brain to dominate and reduce a child’s capacity for learning.

This is the longest video I’ve made and l loved every minute. It’s the kind of subject animation is ideal suited to.


  • West Australian Centre for Rural Health


  • Video production
  • Illustration