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Dollar Dance

Dollar Dance

| 4 min

This wartime publicity trailer by Norman McLaren focuses on wartime inflation and the role of price control. Single-frame animation is used with pen drawings made directly on 35mm film stock. Music is by Louis Applebaum, a leading composer and advocate for the arts in Canada.

  • director
    Norman McLaren
  • producer
    Norman McLaren
  • animation
    Norman McLaren
  • music
    Louis Applebaum


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Ages 12 to 17

Arts Education - Visual Arts
Civics/Citizenship - Citizen Responsibilities
History - World War II
Media Education - Advertising

Students can use sheets of paper to recreate the process of single cell animation, counting 24 sheets per one second of moving image. It can then be flipped manually or photographed frame by frame and played back. This film is an example of Canadian wartime propaganda. What are Canadians being asked to do? How effective is the message? Given a hypothetical amount of money ($100), how would students manage it according to the film's directive?

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