A Short Showcase: The Animation of Evelyn Lambart (1914-1999)

I’ve had a bit of a tough time writing articles recently. A lot of what I’ve posted on here over the last few months was written ages before, and I’m struggling to get back into the groove. I can’t find the articulation or the nerve to discuss cartoons at the moment, but I’d like to at least add something positive to the discussion – even if it’s just to let the world know an interesting animator or a cool cartoon exists.

So, this is a very brief article I’m writing on the spur of the moment, mainly just to act as a quick guide to the short films by Canadian animator and director Evelyn Lambart (1914-1999). There are much better articles discussing her life and career at the National Film Board of Canada, which I have linked below at “Sources”.

(Most of this video comprises of short films uploaded by the official NFB YouTube channel, so it’s possible videos will be deleted or privatized over time. Please let me know when it does happen so I can correct this. Videos may also be region-locked, preventing you from watching certain films. I apologize in advance for that.)

Evelyn Lambart is perhaps best known for collaborating with Norman McLaren on films such as Begone Dull Care (1949), Rythmetic (1956), A Chairy Tale (1957), Mosaic (1965), and the Lines duology of Vertical (1961) and Horizontal (1962). However, she came into her own with a series of films featuring paper cut-out characters against stark black backgrounds, often adapting short stories and fables in addition to telling original stories.

As a handful of them have recently been uploaded by the official NFB channel, I thought it would be a good idea to showcase these films. I hope you enjoy.

Fine Feathers (1968)

The Hoarder (1969)

Paradise Lost (1970)

The Story of Christmas (1973)

Mr. Frog Went A-Courting (1974)

The Lion and The Mouse (1976)

The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse (1980)





FrDougal9000 writes for hardcoregaming101.net as Apollo Chungus. When he isn’t writing about video games, he is cultivating his love of animation that’s only increased over the last few years as he’s explored the wide, weird and wonderful world of the medium.

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