The Romance of Transportation in Canada

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The Romance of Transportation in Canada
Directed by Colin Low
Produced by Tom Daly
Written by Guy Glover
Narrated by Guy Glover
Music by Eldon Rathburn
Distributed by National Film Board of Canada
Release dates
Running time
11 m 20 s
Country Canada
Language English

The Romance of Transportation in Canada is a 1952 animated short directed by Colin Low, animated by Wolf Koenig and Robert Verrall and narrated by Guy Glover. Eldon Rathburn composed the film score. Tom Daly was producer, for the National Film Board of Canada.

The film offers a humorous account of the history of transportation in Canada, looking at how Canada's vast distances and obstacles were overcome, beginning with Canada's First Nations. It also recounts the experiences of early pioneers, the construction of the Trans-Canada Railway and modern travel.[1][2]


Part of the NFB's Canada Carries On series, The Romance of Transportation in Canada marked the NFB’s first major foray into industrial animation, influenced not by the auteur style of NFB animation studio founder Norman McLaren, but by the United Productions of America (UPA) style.[2]

Canadian film critic Tom Waugh has also noted that the film's commentary -- written and narrated by McLaren's lover, Guy Glover -- features "a high camp commentary" with "very queer inflections."[3]


The Romance of Transportation in Canada received a special BAFTA Award, the Short Film Palme d'Or for animation at Cannes Film Festival, as well as an Academy Award for Animated Short Film nomination.[2] It was the NFB's first film to be nominated for an Oscar in the animation category, at the 25th Academy Awards as well as the first international nomination in this category. Norman McLaren's pixilation film Neighbours won an Academy Award the same year, and was nominated for another, but these were both in live-action categories.[4]

See also[edit]

  • Transitions, a 1986 NFB IMAX film in 3D about transportation in Canada, also directed by Colin Low


  1. ^ "NFB Collections page". Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  2. ^ a b c "Romance of Transportation in Canada". Canadian Film Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  3. ^ Waugh, Tom. "THE ROMANCE OF TRANSPORTATION IN CANADA". Cinematheque Ontario. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  4. ^ "The Romance of Transportation in Canada". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 

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