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– Norman McLaren (1941)

Norman McLaren’s first film for the NFB was this publicity clip for Canada Post. Non-abstract symbols drawn with pen on clear 35 mm stock were superimposed on a photographed painted background. Benny Goodman’s rendition of Jingle Bells provided the sound.

When Norman McLaren joined the organization in 1941, the National Film Board of Canada began production of animation. The animation department eventually gained distinction, particularly with the pioneering work of McLaren, an internationally recognized experimental filmmaker.

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