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Norman McLaren
1914-1987
Canada


In Canada McLaren is very well known for his filmaking. He was born in Scotland, and in 1932 went to the Glasgow School of Art and studied design, and became a member of the film society. In 1936 he got a job with GPO (general post office) Film Unit. He feared war in Europe so in 1939 he moved to NY where he became an independent filmaker. Then in 1941 John Grierson offered McLauren a job to extablish an animation studio and train Canadian animators on the National Film Board in Montreal. He remained with them until retirement. McLauren invented pixelation and he started experimenting with drawing right on the celluloid (direct filmaking). He did not realize that Len Lye was also doing the same thing and he gave the credit to Len Lye. During his lifetime he received hundreds of awards, and had awards in almost every country possible. He is very internationally well known.

Animations Produced:

  • Camera Makes Whoopee, 1935
  • Polychrome Phantasy, 1935
  • Book Bargain, 1936
  • Defense of Madrid, 1936
  • Hell Unlimited, 1936
  • Mony a Pickle, 1938
  • News for the Navy, 1938
  • NBC Greeting, 1939
  • Scherzo, 1939
  • Love on the Wing, 1939
  • Spook Sport, 1940
  • Mail Early, 1941
  • V for Victory, 1941
  • Five for Four, 1942
  • Hen Hop, 1942
  • Tic Tac Toe, 1943
  • Chants populaires No. 1, 1943
  • Dollar Dance, 1943
  • Stars and Stripes, 1943
  • A Rainey Day, 1944
  • Keep Your Mouth Shut, 1944
  • C'est l'avrion, 1944
  • Alouette, 1944
  • Chants populaires No. 4, 1946
  • Hoppity Pop, 1946
  • Lą-huat sur ces montagnes, 1946
  • La poulette gris, 1947
  • Fiddle-de-dee, 1947
  • Boogie-Doodle, 1948
  • Dots, 1948
  • Begone Dull Care, 1949
  • Pen Point Percussion, 1951
  • Now is the Time, 1951
  • Around is Around, 1951
  • Twirligig, 1952
  • Neighbours, 1952
  • Blinkity Blank, 1952
  • A Phantasy, 1952
  • Loops, 1952
  • Two Bagatelles, 1952
  • Rythmetic, 1956
  • A Chairy Tale
  • Le Merle, 1958
  • Short and Suite, 1959
  • Mail Early for Xmas, 1959
  • Serenal, 1959
  • Opening Speech, 1960
  • New York Lightboard, 1961
  • Lines Vertical, 1961
  • Lines Horizontal, 1961
  • Mosaic, 1965
  • Pas de deux, 1965
  • Spheres, 1969
  • Synchromy, 1971
  • Ballet Adagio, 1971
  • Pinscreen, 1973
  • Narcissus, 1983

References:
Animation Unlimited. Liz Faber and Helen Walters, NY 2003.

http://nfb.ca/e/highlights/norman_mclaren.html


Submitted by: Kara Gebhardt
as part of ARTC 400, History of Animation
Bowling Green State University
Prof. Bonnie Mitchell