Leonard Maltin's Animation Favorites From the National Film Board of Canada (1994)
Front Cover Actor
Leonard Maltin Host
Alexander Alexeieff Himself (at the NFB) (uncredited) (archive footage)
Norman McLaren Himself (behind Alexeieff) (uncredited) (archive footage)
Movie Details
Genre Animation; Documentary
Director Sally Roy
Producer Sally Roy; Peter Starr
Writer Leonard Maltin
Series National Film Board
Language English
Audience Rating NR (Not Rated)
Running Time 95 mins
Country Canada
Color Color
Since its establishment in 1939, the National Film Board of Canada has provided a place for artists to explore innovative styles, content, and media, especially in animation. Leonard Maltin serves as the genial host of this overview of the board's work, explaining some of the more recherché techniques developed there. Jacques Drouin manipulated the shadows of thousands of tiny steel pins to produce the gray, pointillist images in his striking "Mindscape." Norman McLaren drew, painted, and scratched images onto the surface of 35mm film stock as he sought to marry animation, the least spontaneous of art forms, to the bright, improvisational music of the young Oscar Peterson. These elegant experiments contrast sharply with the humor of John Weldon's "The Log Driver's Waltz" and Sheldon Cohen's "The Sweater." "Log Driver's Waltz" is a nutty, loose-limbed adaptation of a folk song in which a woman reflects that any dancing partner seems flat-footed compared to a man who can skip over spinning logs in a river. "The Sweater" presents a warmly nostalgic memoir of boyhood hero-worship--with a slyly funny ending. As Maltin notes, the NFB has served as a "kind of academy" that has enabled talented artists to pursue individual visions of what an animated film can be--an academy that U.S. citizens can only envy. Complete contents: 1. "Begone Dull Care," 2. "Mindscape," 3. "The Log Driver's Waltz," 4. "The Cat Came Back," 5. "Getting Started," 6. "The Sweater," 7. "The Street," 8. "Pas de Deux," 9. "Anniversary." These films are unrated and suitable for ages 10 and older for some adult themes and unusual imagery. -- Charles Solomon
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 84
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
UPC 014381024128
Release Date 2001
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Animated
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