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Begone Dull Care

Begone Dull Care

In this extraordinary short animation, Evelyn Lambart and Norman McLaren painted colours, shapes, and transformations directly on to their filmstrip. The result is a vivid interpretation, in fluid lines and colour, of jazz music played by the Oscar Peterson Trio.

  • director
    Norman McLaren
    Evelyn Lambart
  • animation
    Norman McLaren
    Evelyn Lambart
  • editing
    Norman McLaren
    Evelyn Lambart
  • producer
    Norman McLaren
  • music
    Oscar Peterson Trio


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Ages 10 to 11

Arts Education - Art
Arts Education - Drama

The teacher can have students study the cameraless animation techniques used by the filmmaker to identify the elements of visual-arts language (shape, line, colour, texture) and take inspiration from them to create works on paper; draw a “flipbook” animated sequence (draw images on successive pages of a notebook and animate them by flipping the pages); highlight the elements that generate an emotion, make a list of them and represent each of them with a facial expression, funny face or gesture; and/or do research on the lives and work of Norman McLaren and Oscar Peterson.

Begone Dull Care
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