Our Story

We are artists that are passionate about ecology.

Cardboard Reality Farm & Studio is an independent animation studio, active farm, and art shop located in Northumberland County, Ontario. With a focus on good storytelling and sustainability, Cardboard Reality creates animated films, digital content, and ethically crafted products. Our farm utilizes no-till no-pesticide permaculture gardening techniques to grow vegetables, fruits, and teas that taste delicious, and feed the soil.

Owned and operated by first generation farmers bekky O’Neil & Keith Del Principe, Cardboard Reality is in the business of dreaming big, and acting bigger.

“Art is food.  You can’t eat it but it feeds you.” 

Cheap Art Manifesto, Bread & Puppet Press

It all started in Vermont, where bekky and Keith met at Bread & Puppet Theater, where they were inspired by the work of the collective and vision of Artistic Director Peter Schumann.

As young theatre makers, bekky and Keith spent years creating work for the stage in Montreal and Toronto.  But, eventually the love for the immediacy of collective performance gave way to a desire to create more lasting works, and the two expanded into the captivating world of animated film.

In 2016 bekky and Keith graduated from the Film Animation Program at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University, and finally made the move away from city life to bekky’s family farm, a property fondly called Chanticlear, in Northumberland County, Ontario.  bekky and Keith now enjoy animating in their brick & mortar studio located at 83 King Street West in downtown Cobourg, Ontario & from their small studio in a converted shed on the farm, tending to their ever expanding gardens, and working to use digital media to make information and ideas about regenerative agriculture more accessible.  They share their space with two black cats, Dylan & Coraline, a rabbit named Tybalt, 18 Indian Runner ducks, and two Alaskan malamutes named Kodak and Maple.

In their work they aspire to weave new mythologies, make magic, and entertain.  They both still believe that good art and good food can inspire positive social change.