Hen Hop

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Hen Hop
Directed by Norman McLaren
Produced by Norman McLaren
Distributed by National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Release date(s) 1942
Running time 4 minutes
Country Canada
Language none

Hen Hop is a 1942 drawn-on-film animation short by Norman McLaren, in which a hen gradually breaks apart into an abstract movement of lines as it dances to a barn dance. One of a number of drawn-on-film animated works created by McLaren, Hen Hop was animated by inking and scraping film stock, with colour added optically afterwards.[1][2]

To make Hen Hop, McLaren spent days in a chicken coop to capture what he called "the spirit of henliness." The film was produced by the National Film Board of Canada.[3]

Reception[edit]

Pablo Picasso was reported to have exclaimed “at last something new” upon viewing this film. Dutch animator Gerrit van Dijk, reproduces part of the film as well quotes from McLaren about making Hen Hop his 1997 work, I Move, So I Am.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Schaffer, Bill (2005). "The Riddle of the Chicken: The Work of Norman McLaren". Senses of Cinema (35). Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Hen Hop". Collection page. National Film Board of Canada. 
  3. ^ Fulford, Robert. "Our very own genius". National Post. Retrieved 17 March 2011. 

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