Opening Speech (Discours de bienvenue de Norman McLaren)

The Kid Should See This

Film pioneer Norman McLaren always experimented with his animation work, from drawing on film to creating cutout animations, to acting in stop-motion, special effect shorts like the one above. From l’Office national du film du Canada (ONF) in 1961, watch Discours de bienvenue de Norman McLaren.

At first, it seems like McLaren’s only issue is with the disorganized papers for his speech. Then he starts to speak, and the animated microphone reveals its mischievous (or perhaps devious) ways.

How will McLaren speak to the audience? Why does the microphone try to stop him? And what will he say?

getting pulled around
climbing a ladder
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