Animator and film director, Norman McLaren, was born on April 11, 1914. He is best remembered for his work at the NFB (National Film Board) where he produced the film “Neighbours.” Besides the brilliant combination of visuals and sound, the film has a very strong social message against violence and war. For this work alone, he received the Academy Awards Oscar and Academy Awards Best Short Subject, and the Canadian Film Award (1953).
Norman McLaren was a pioneer in a number of areas of animation and filmmaking, including drawn-on-film animation, visual music, abstract film, pixilation and graphical sound. His early experiments with film and animation included actually scratching and painting the film stock itself, as he did not have ready access to a camera.
He died on January 27, 1987 at the age of 72 in Montreal, Quebec.