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National Film Board of Canada Tribute – Norman McLaren Programme

McLaren used pixillation techniques in this comedic duel between a young boy and a kitchen chair. ... Read more
Arabesque-like images flash upon the screen, then suddenly disappear. An impression remains in the viewer's eye, like the burning of a bright light after it has been extinguished. A work of pure imagination. ... Read more
In the canon a melody begun by one voice or instrument is echoed by another, beginning one beat or several measures later than the one before. In this film, McLaren illustrates the principle of the canon. ... Read more
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. ... Read more
An abstract film by McLaren and Evelyn Lambart in which a sheaf of lines gyrates, groups and re-groups in harmony to music. The musical accompaniment to Lines Vertical was composed and played by Maurice Blackburn; in Lines Horizontal, Pete Seeger plays the music on wind and string instruments ... Read more
McLaren's first film for the NFB was this publicity clip for Canada Post. Non-abstract symbols drawn with pen on clear 35mm stock were superimposed on a painted background. ... Read more
Possibly McLaren's best known film, it is a film without words to show the futility of violence for settling quarrels. This Cold War parable depicts two neighbours who tolerate each other until a flower emerges on the border between their properties. ... Read more
McLaren appears on a stage but cannot make his planned speech on account of a feisty, bad-tempered microphone that finally has him chasing it around the stage. Befitting a cartoon sketch, McLaren uses animation techniques to bring an object to lifc.with amusing consequences. ... Read more
McLaren employed a multi-image technique to film two ballet performets in this study in the grace of dance. It was filmed against a black backdrop with rear lighting oudining the white-clad dancers. McLaren then exposed individual frames up to 11 times to create the multi-image effect. ... Read more
A 'film poster' publicising a wartime government bond campaign, using the technique of drawing with pen and ink directly on 35mm film. ... Read more
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