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Abstract images drawn directly onto the film are accompanied by three pieces of jazz performed by the Oscar Peterson trio. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Evelyn Lambart 
Norman McLaren 
Produced by
Norman McLaren .... producer
Original Music by
The Oscar Peterson Trio 
Film Editing by
Evelyn Lambart 
Norman McLaren 
Animation Department
Evelyn Lambart .... animator (as E. Lambart)
Norman McLaren .... animator (as N. McLaren)
Music Department
Clarence Jones .... musician: drums
Oscar Peterson .... musician: piano
Austin Roberts .... musician: bass

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Also Known As:
"A Phantasy in Colors" - USA (DVD title)
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8 min
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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 »
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Begone Dull Care showcases Oscar Peterson jazz over images by Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart, 29 December 2007
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, LA

With the recent death of jazz great Oscar Peterson, Amid at Cartoon Brew showed his tribute by linking from YouTube two animated shorts scored by him. One was directed by John Hubley. This one, Begone Dull Care, was done by Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart with the abstract paint done directly on film. Peterson provides three jazz pieces with the second one just played to white lines on black background and the other two mixed with that and various other colors, mostly red. Wonderful Jackson Pollock-like images that might have inspired many a trip during the '60s! What a great tribute to a recently departed music genius from Canada.

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