The film was made by colorful printing of footage combined with drawing directly on film. The bouncy music drives home the message heard at the end of the film, promoting the GPO (General ... See full summary »
A dance of shapes. A title card tells us this is an experiment in conveying the mental images of music in a visual form. Liszt's "Second Hungarian Rhapsody" is the music. The shapes, all ... See full summary »
Mussorgsky's composition is the soundtrack for this pin-screen animated take on night and wild things. A scarecrow blows down, clouds move by quickly. Beings take shape; a town appears, ... See full summary »
A pulsing, kaleidoscope of images set to an energetic soundtrack. A young women swings in a garden; a woman's face smiles. The rest is spinning cylinders, pistons, gears and turbines, ... See full summary »
Kiki of Montparnasse,
With the screen split asymmetrically, one part in positive, the other negative, the film documents the evolution of simple celled organic forms into chains of cells then more complex images... See full summary »
Interesting breezy animation but probably worth seeing more for its historical or novelty value
While gentle Cuban music plays, shapes dance across the screen in this
film featuring early examples of the animation of Len Lye. This is an
early experimentation with the animation style of painting directly
onto celluloid and it produces some nicely hypnotic images. The use of
music helps because it gives everything a bright, breezy feel that
worked for me in so much as it gave the images something to move in
It was a surprise at the end to suddenly have advertisement slogans
popping up in the final 30 seconds to inform me how great value my
local post office is but then I guess this was actually an advert for
the GPO. Despite that this still works as a bit of animation. Simple
perhaps but enjoyably effect and the issue of it being a Post Office
advertisement only adds novelty value to it. Maybe not worth hunting
down but for animation historians it is perhaps worth a look for being
one of the first of its type.
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