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Directed by Norman McLaren
Produced by Norman McLaren
Music by Albert Ammons
Distributed by National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Release date
Running time
4 minutes
Country Canada
Language none

Boogie-Doodle is a 1940 drawn-on-film visual music short by Norman McLaren, set to the boogie-woogie music of African-American jazz pianist Albert Ammons.[1][2]

Though released by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) in 1941, Boogie-Doodle was actually made by McLaren in New York City in 1940, a year before he was invited by John Grierson to Canada to found the NFB's animation unit.[3] McLaren, who had been influenced by the hand-painted films of Len Lye, was in New York exploring the technique on a grant from the Solomon Guggenheim Foundation, creating Boogie-Doodle along with three other cameraless films: Dots, Loops and Stars and Stripes.[4]

The animation in Boogie-Doodle coincides exactly with Ammon's musical piece, with McLaren's animation beginning at the very first bar and concluding at the final note.[5]


  1. ^ Bill Kirchner, ed. (May 2005). The Oxford Companion to Jazz. Oxford University Press. p. 771. ISBN 978-0-19-518359-7. 
  2. ^ Ian Conrich; Estella Ticknell (1 July 2007). Film's Musical Moments. Edinburgh University Press. p. 22. ISBN 978-0-7486-2345-7. 
  3. ^ Ortega, Marcos (16 July 2006). "Norman McLaren: The Master's Edition". Experimental Cinema. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Beckerman, Howard (February 2004). Animation: The Whole Story. Allworth Press. pp. 51–52. ISBN 978-1-58115-301-9. 
  5. ^ The Undercut Reader: Critical Writing on Artists' Film and Video. Wallflower Press. ISBN 978-1-903364-47-5. 

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