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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...

THE BEST OF NORMAN McCLAREN

Canada
Premiered at Cannes Film Festival, The Best of Norman McLaren contains 11 of McLaren's most impressive, short, animated films - carefully restored by the National Film Board of Canada and transferred… More »

Pen Point Percussion

Canada, 1951
A short account of the work of Norman McLaren and some of his unusual techniques. ... More »

A Phantasy

Canada, 1952
A surrealistic abstract with an unusual sound track consisting of synthetic sound in conjunction with music for saxophone. ... More »

Neighbours

Canada
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 »

Boogie Doodle

Canada, 1948
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 m… More »

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