Norman McLaren's NEIGHBOURS (1952)

This won an Oscar. Have a look at this short experimental film, a mixture of stop-motion animation and living action film, by Canadian animator Norman McLaren. It is a fantastic and poignant short that becomes quite vicious and brutal by the end but is a wonderful metaphor for brinksmanship and war. McLaren is arguably Canada's greatest animator, and certainly one of it's most prolific. He had an enviable carte-blanche deal with the NFB in the 1950s, who at the time had a seemingly bottomless funding which enabled McLaren and others to experiment, create, and pioneer some fascinating work. NEIGHBOURS is brilliant. On top of its Academy Award, it was recently added to UNESCO's "Memory of the World" programme which includes the most significant documentary works in film history. Enjoy!

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