When I was growing up, I remember watching a PBS show hosted by actress Jean Marsh called "The International Animation Festival". Every week, she would showcase animation films from around the world. I remember the catchy theme song when the show began and they showed a lot of animation from Europe, Canada and Zegreb which was all new to me at the time. I tried to find a copy of it, but sadly, this is all that's out there today. You will get just a taste of the theme song.
And so began a young animator's journey to find more animation to watch and learn from. Next, I discovered the animation shorts from National Film Board of Canada.
Here are some of my favorite films from the NFB.
Hot Stuff by Zlatko Grgic, National Film Board of Canada
I like this one for the use of music and animation transitions...
Showing a relationship and how small arguments start off from silly things... My wife and I still can recite some of the dialogue from this film.
And finally, another great short animated to music with some clever editing and animation.
If you enjoyed "The Cat Came Back", you should check out this section of Cordell Barker's discussion about this film and others he has made. Its interesting to find out that he was locked into the music and wanted to do more without it.
I could fill several webpages of all the NFB films past and present, but luckily, they are already have all this online. Follow this link, to see a whole library of live action and animation shorts from the NFB!
Let's hear it from our Canadian Brothers and Sisters! Do you have a favorite NFB film or have a favorite short that inspired you? Let us know!