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Hen Hop

Canada, 1942 (MIFF 1989, National Film Board of Canada Tribute – Norman McLaren Programme)

Director: Norman McLaren

Geometric shapes build to the form of a hen. To the tune of old-time waltzes a hen, now a leghorn, then a Plymouth Rock, later a simple egg with feet, dances and reels. This McLaren-designed animation was conceived to reflect the primitiveness and naivety of the music that inspired it.

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