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V for Victory

V for Victory

| 2 min

This animated short by Norman McLaren is a publicity message for a war bond campaign. Symbols, a stick man and lettering are drawn directly on 35mm film stock and synchronized with a brass band rendition of Sousa's march "The Thunderer."

  • director
    Norman McLaren
  • producer
    Norman McLaren
  • animation
    Norman McLaren


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Ages 11 to 17

Arts Education - Visual Arts
History - World War II
Media Education - Advertising
Media Education - Film Animation

Before viewing, ask students to consider the "personality" of each letter of the alphabet. Have them create a flipbook animation using a letter of their choice. Have students research Victory Bonds: why might they have needed promotion? Have students examine further the methods that governments use to persuade its citizens to do, buy, or think something. Film students can research the work and influence of Norman McLaren.

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