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The technique used to create the images in the film is called camera-less animation. Images are painted directly on blank film stock or, in some instances, etched from the black emulsion of exposed film stock. See more »
Well, this certainly was different. I doubt most people would like this, but being a fan of abstract art as well as someone who has dabbled in the genre, I thought this was pretty interesting.
It's almost three animated shorts in one, each played to a short piano piece by jazz great Oscar Peterson. The first and third numbers are upbeat and so are the graphics: one colorful image after after nothing bombarded at you as if you were looking through a kaleidoscope.
The middle segment gives us a breather with more just black-and-white and lines moving to the music. It gives the whole animated piece a welcome respite for a couple of minutes.
This is just pure abstract images drawn directly onto the film. This was done long before computers and I can't imagine the number of hours it took Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambert to produce this.
This short was part of the DVD "Leonard Maltin's Animation Favorites From The National Film Board Of Canada.
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