AMPAS to honor Norman McLaren

Jul 26, 2006 by Ian Evans

Fans of NFB animator Norman McLaren should mark Friday, August 18th on their calendars. That’s the day the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will pay tribute to Academy Award®-winning animator who helped launch the National Film Board of Canada’s (NFB) renowned animation program. The trubute, which will also celebrate 65 years of animated film production at the NFB, takes place at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Joining animation expert and author Charles Solomon will be a panel composed of McLaren’s former colleagues, including Ishu Patel and Chris Hinton, both of whom are two-time Oscar®-nominated animated short film directors.

13 of McLaren’s shorts have been remastered and restored for the evening including McLaren’s Oscar-winning short documentary, “Neighbours” (1952), and his Oscar-nominated live action short, “A Chairy Tale” (1957).

Tickets to “A Salute to Norman McLaren” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members. Doors open at 7 p.m. Seats are unreserved. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.