Academy to Salute McLaren

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has planned a special tribute to the late Norman McLaren, an Academy Award-winning Canadian animator who helped establish the animation program at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). Celebrating 65 years of animated film production at the NFB, the event will take place on Friday, Aug. 18, at 8 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Scottish-born McLaren was influenced by the abstract work of German animator Oskar Fischinger. His own experimental films largely involved drawing, painting or etching directly on the film frame, but he also directed live action and documentary shorts. He retired from filmmaking in 1983 and died in 1987.

Hosted by Animation expert, author and Animation Magazine contributor Charles Solomon, the program will explore McLaren’s life, work and impact on art and culture in general. Solomon will be joined by some of McLaren’s former colleagues, including Ishu Patel and Chris Hinton, who have both received multiple Oscar nominations for their own animated short films.

‘McLaren makes it possible to imagine that one can make a personal film, that animation movement is an end in itself, and that experimental animation has a place in the world,’ Patel comments.

During the event, the Academy will screen 13 of McLaren’s shorts, which are among the many works remastered and restored by The NFB. The evening’s selection will include the 1952 Oscar-winning short documentary Neighbours and the 1957 Oscar-nominated live-action short A Chairy Tale.

Tickets for ‘A Salute to Norman McLaren’ are on sale for $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members. The doors will open at 7 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.