Tuesday, 26 June 2012

The Romance of Transportation in Canada (1952)

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada's internationally reknowned animation department, The Romance of Transportation in Canada utilizes some fantastically groovy Cartoon Modern aesthetics to recapitulate the challenges inherent to linking together the second-largest country in the world. It, and the rest of the work by the NFB of that time, is a perfect example of the surprizing but self-defined hipness enjoyed by the Dominion of Canada in those post-war years when Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne and the Canadian Pacific Railway converted to streamlined diesel engines.

1 comment:

Christopher Sobieniak said...

This would also be the first time the NFB employed the use of celluloid sheets to animate their films on. Prior to this, the use of cels were thought to be costly and unfeasible to the board as it's pioneering artists like Norman McLaren and others were content to work their magic using cut-outs or simply drawing directly on the film itself. This changed all that, and the catalyst for that change was the UPA studio of course with it's approach to animation and design that spear-headed the modern look in art of the 1950's.