Begone Dull Care

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Begone Dull Care
Directed by Evelyn Lambart
Norman McLaren
Produced by Norman McLaren
Music by The Oscar Peterson Trio
Edited by Evelyn Lambart
Norman McLaren
Distributed by National Film Board of Canada
Release date
  • 1949 (1949)
Running time
8 minutes
Country Canada

Begone Dull Care is a 1949 visual music animated film directed by Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart.

Using drawn-on-film animation, McLaren and Lambart paint and scratch directly onto film stock to create a visual representation of Oscar Peterson's jazz music. The film is produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

Honours and awards[edit]

Designated and preserved as a "masterwork" by the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada, a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the preservation of Canada’s audio-visual heritage.[1] Winner of a Special Genie Award for experimental filmmaking.

At the 1st Berlin International Film Festival it won the Silver Medal (Culture Films and Documentaries) award.[2]

The Canadian electronic music duo Junior Boys named their 2009 album Begone Dull Care for the film, which was reported to have influenced its conception and creation.[3]

Opening titles[edit]

McLaren opened the film with titles in seven different languages: English, French (Caprice en Couleurs), Spanish (Fantasía en Colores), Hindi (रंग बाहार; Raṅga Bāhāra), Italian (Capriccio a Colori), Russian (Красочная фанта́зия; Krasočnaja Fantázija), and German (Trübsal Ade!).[4]


  1. ^ "Begone Dull Care". Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada Web site. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  2. ^ "1st Berlin International Film Festival: Prize Winners". 
  3. ^ "Junior Boys to Release Begone Dull Care in April", Paste, January 20, 2009.
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