John F. Weldon's Lighter Lunacy
Take a good dose of dark comedy, add inimitable animation and blend fearlessly with a wry and risqué sensibility. The result: the cartoons of the one-and-only John Weldon, Oscar-winning animator and resident lunatic at the National Film Board of Canada's world-famous studios. John F. Weldon's Lighter Lunacy is a selection of some of the funniest films of his brilliant, 25-year career: Frank the Wrabbit: What happens to a highly intelligent Wrabbit when the carrots he feasts on vanish? He adapts and thrives--in the most unusual way possible... (9 min. 15 sec.); To Be: Or not to be...and who's to say who's really me? A profound, prescient and light-hearted film. (10 min. 5 sec.); Vignette: Para Sight: Stop laughing for a moment! Now watch this extraordinary one-minute homage to animation pioneer Norman McLaren. (1 min.);Spinnolio: The story of a little wooden puppet: his creation, meteoric rise and fall--and surprising rebirth. (9 min. 51 sec.); No Apple for Johnny: Weldon's autobiographical look back at the hilarious horrors of his year as a teacher trainee. (9 min. 1 sec.); Special Delivery: An Oscar-winning black comedy about adultery, death...and the Letter Carriers Union. Contains animated nudity. (7 min. 7 sec.); Canada Vignettes: Log Driver's Waltz: Join the millions who love this charming musical tale written by Wade Hemsworth and sung by folk heroines Kate and Anna McGarrigle! (3 min. 17 sec.).
1998, 49 min 47 s
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