The NFB is committed to respecting your privacy

We use cookies to ensure that our site works efficiently, as well as for advertising purposes.

If you do not wish to have your information used in this way, you can modify your browser settings before continuing your visit.

Learn more
Keep Your Mouth Shut

Keep Your Mouth Shut

| 2 min

This animated short from Norman McLaren features a human skull cautioning Canadians to “keep their mouths shut” in an effort to end gossiping during World War II.

Warning: This film contains flashing images and stroboscopic sequences

  • director
    Norman McLaren
  • producer
    Norman McLaren
  • animation
    George Dunning


Enjoy the NFB experience on your favourite device. 


Ages 16 to 17

Civics/Citizenship - Citizen Responsibilities
History - World War II

Introduce the idea of dangerous conversations (i.e. gossiping), that was believed to undermine the Canadian war effort. Discuss the wartime adage, “loose lips sink ships.” Was this gross exaggeration and overreaction on the government’s part? Could enemy spies have been so prevalent that common citizens might have leaked delicate strategic information?

Keep Your Mouth Shut
Also available

Embed this code on your site

Video player width

by Reset