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Hen Hop

Canada (MIFF 1956, Growing Pains)

Director: Norman McLaren

A cartoon film, hand-drawn in colour by Norman McLaren, in which a hen &ndash: and even as an egg with feet &ndash: dances to the old &ndash: time waltzes and reels of French-Canadian barn dance music.

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