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A Chairy Tale

Canada, 1957 (MIFF 1958, The Fresh Approach)

Director: Norman McLaren

Made without commentary or dialogue, this film is a simple ballet of a youth and a kitchen chair. The ensuing struggle, first for mastery and then for understanding forms the action of the film. The technique is a modified form of the "pixillation" animation formerly used in NcLaren's Neighbours.See also...

A Chairy Tale

McLaren used pixillation techniques in this comedic duel between a young boy and a kitchen chair. ... More »

Neighbours

A parable in which McLaren uses people and natural backgrounds, as well as a few drawn ones, for the first time. Sound is drawn direct on to the film. ... More »

A Phantasy

A surrealistic abstract with an unusual sound track consisting of synthetic sound in conjunction with music for saxophone. ... More »

Boogie Doodle

One of the earlier of the McLaren experimental films. An abstract film, made without the use of a camera, in which "boogie" played by Albert Amnions and "doodle*' drawn by Norman McLaren combine to ... More »

Isle of the Dead

The spectral island wakes to mysterious life, flickers in a corpse &ndash: candle light and fades again into the dark. ... More »

V For Victory

A 'film poster' publicising a wartime government bond campaign, using the technique of drawing with pen and ink directly on 35mm film. ... More »

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