Stars and stripes

Canada, 1943

Film
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An experiment in film animation in which “stars” and “stripes” perform acrobatics to the tune of the John Philip Sousa’s march. Rippling stripes and gay sparkling stars jump and undulate, dash about the screen, and break into effects suggesting a fireworks display. Sometimes part of a stripe pursues a star. Finally the stars become flashing meteors and burst in light and colour. The film was made without a camera, by Norman McLaren drawing and colouring directly on film.

Credits

producer/director

Norman McLaren

production company

National Film Board of Canada

Language

English

Duration

00:02:43:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

28885

Subject categories

Animation

Animation → Animated films - Canada

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art and motion pictures

Experimental

Short films

Short films → Short films - Canada

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Preservation Print (Section 5)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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