Bob Stenhouse worked largely alone to visualise this richly-animated ode to the "nation of drunkards" (as New Zealand was tagged in the House of Lords in 1838). A shepherd tricks a Mackenzie barman out of a bottle of ‘Hokonui Lightning', but too much pioneer spirit sees him haunted by the devil's daughter (or a case of delirium tremens). The Chicago Tribune praised the film's macabre humour and "lushly conceived" visuals. In 1986 it was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short; the same year, it won the Grand Prize at Canada's Hamilton International Animation Festival.
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