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50 for 50: Volume 1, Tape 2: Animation: A Touch of Fantasy

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Animation: A Touch of Fantasy is a collection of ten animated films from the National Film Board of Canada. Based on the folk song of the same name, The Cat Came Back tells the story of old Mr. Johnson and a cat who wouldn't take no for an answer (7 min. 37 sec.). The events that follow when Ralph neglects to clear the snow from his front walk are related in Special Delivery (7 min. 7 sec.). The Sand Castle shows what happens when a band of unusual creatures work together toward a common goal (13 min. 12 sec.). The Romance of Transportation in Canada covers transportation from the days of the voyageurs to modern-day rush hours (11 min. 20 sec.). Jazz by Oscar Peterson combines with line and colour in Norman McLaren's experimental masterpiece, Begone Dull Care (7 min. 48 sec.). Evolution presents a humorous treatment of Darwin's theory (10 min. 21 sec.). In What on Earth we see what extraterrestrials conclude when they view us from outer space (9 min. 35 sec.) Cosmic Zoom takes us on a voyage to infinite space and into the building blocks of matter (8 min.). Norman McLaren's drawings and boogie music interact in Boogie Doodle (3 min. 22 sec.). Street Musique: A visual improvisation on music performed by a popular group presented as sidewalk entertainers (8 min. 45 sec.).

1989, 94 min

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