Posts Tagged ‘Keep Your Mouth Shut’

Animation News: Sharp Shorts for a New Millennium

Production

The idea that animation can serve as a vehicle for important public messages is embedded in the very foundations of the NFB animation tradition. Back in 1941, when John Grierson hired his first staff animator, a gifted New York-based Scottish artist by the name of Norman McLaren, his most pressing assignment for the wildly inventive

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WWII Animation | Watch 7 Very Short Wartime Cartoons

Films

This Remembrance Day, enjoy an intriguing window into the past with these 7 very short cartoons created to support the war effort during WWII.

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The Real Wet Bandit | Watch The Trout That Stole the Rainbow

Films

I live my life according to two very simple rules. Number one: do not steal. Number two: snitches get stitches. In under 9 minutes, Eva Szasz’ beautifully illustrated The Trout That Stole the Rainbow manages to break both. Rule number one is pretty simple. You shouldn’t take what isn’t yours. Most people can follow that.

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Keep Your Mouth Shut: McLaren’s 1944 “Stop Snitching” Film

Films

If remembering the past is essential to understanding the present, remembering the NFB’s past is essential and occasionally totally hilarious. Consider for example Keep Your Mouth Shut, a 1944 animated short by Norman McLaren. A surreal, macabre invitation to shush your mouth, the film is fascinating for a number of reasons: It is one of

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