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V for Victory

Year: 1941
Runtime: 2 min
Director: Norman McLaren
Producer: Norman McLaren
Animation: Norman McLaren
Music: John Sousa
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada

Norman McLaren’s second film at the NFB, V for Victory is a propaganda film made to promote the sale of War Bonds. The letter “V” is used as the central motif in this single-frame animation film set to a brass band rendition of John Philip Sousa’s march The Thunderer. McLaren drew symbols, stick men and lettering directly on clear 35mm film stock, which was then colour printed in a laboratory using the Warnercolor process.

By: Andrew McIntosh

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