Cut out animation set to the French-Canadian nonsense song 'Le merle' (The Blackbird)

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Cut out animation set to the French-Canadian nonsense song 'Le merle' (The Blackbird)

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Norman McLaren initially used a synthesized version of the featured folk tune, using the same process used for Synchromy (1971). He ultimately used the traditional music track instead, but the sound tests survive. See more »

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The Blackbird
27 May 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Le merle (1958)

*** (out of 4)

At the start of this Norman McLaren short we're given a brief introduction to the song Le merle, which basically means The Blackbird. We learn that in each verse of the song the big loses a different part of its body only to have it later reform.

That's basically what this experimental short does. We're shown the blackbird and then as the song moves along the animation shows him falling apart and forming various images. Being McLaren you shouldn't expect a visual blackbird but it's more just various shapes that forms the character. I really enjoyed this short because the song itself was rather catchy and the animation too was quite good. This certainly isn't going to appeal to everyone but if you're a fan of experimental filmmaking then it's worth watching.


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