McLaren has earned an international reputation for his imaginative and skilled contribution to the art of film. He has received honours from many countries. Those from his own include the first medal of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1963, the Canada Council Medal in 1966, the Molson Prize in 1971, and the Diplôme d'honneur of the CCA in 1978. In 1973 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. In 1982 he was awarded the Albert-Tessier prize for cinema from the MACQ and in 1985 he was made Chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec A general list of his films and of his numerous awards (to 1975) is given in Maynard Collins' Norman McLaren
Allegro (Guggenheim Museum 1939). Synthetic sound
Rumba (ibid 1939). Synthetic sound
Stars and Stripes (ibid 1939). March tune
Dots (ibid 1940). Synthetic sound
Loops (ibid 1940). Synthetic sound
Boogie-Doodle (ibid 1940). Albert Ammons plays boogie.
Spook Sport (1940). Interpretation of Saint-Saëns' Danse macabre
Mail Early(NFB 1941). Benny Goodman's 'Jingle Bells'
V for Victory (NFB 1941). Sousa march
Five for Four (NFB 1942). Ammons plays 'Pinetop Boogie.'
Hen Hop (NFB 1942). Barn dance music
Dollar Dance (NFB 1943). Music by Applebaum; lyrics by Guy Glover and McLaren
Alouette (NFB 1944). N. 1 of the Let's All Sing Together sing-along series
C'est l'aviron (NFB 1944). Part of the Chants Populaires series; also on video compilation The Genius of Norman McLaren
Là-haut sur ces montagnes (NFB 1946). The singing of the folksong from which the film takes its title. Part of the Chants populaires series
A Little Phantasy on a 19th-Century Painting (NFB 1946). Synthetic sound
Hoppity Pop (NFB 1946). Barrel organ music
Fiddle-De-Dee (NFB 1947). Fiddler plays 'Listen to the Mocking Bird.'
La Poulette Grise (NFB 1947). Anna Malenfant sings the folksong.
Begone Dull Care (NFB 1949). Oscar Peterson Trio plays jazz; also on video compilation The Genius of Norman McLaren
Pen Point Percussion (NFB 1950). Synthetic sound.
Around Is Around (NFB 1951). Music by Louis Applebaum
Now Is the Time (NFB 1951). Synthetic sound
Neighbours (NFB 1952). Synthetic sound
A Phantasy (NFB 1952). Maurice Blackburn's music for saxophone and synthetic sound; also on video compilation The Genius of Norman McLaren
Two Bagatelles (NFB 1952). Synthetic sound
Blinkity Blank (NFB 1955). Synthetic sound and music of Blackburn
Rythmetic (NFB 1956). Synthetic sound
A Chairy Tale (NFB 1957). Music performed by Ravi Shankar and Chatur Lal; also on video compilation The Genius of Norman McLaren
Le Merle (NFB 1958). Trio lyrique sings the folksong 'Mon merle.'
Mail Early for Christmas (NFB 1959). Music by Eldon Rathburn
Serenal (NFB 1959). Grand Curacaya Orchestra of Trinidad
Short and Suite (NFB 1959). Eldon Rathburn's music for jazz ensemble
Lines Vertical (NFB 1960). Blackburn plays electronic piano.
Lines Horizontal (NFB 1962). Pete Seeger plays winds and strings.
Canon (NFB 1964). How a musical canon is constructed, using music by Rathburn.
Mosaic (NFB 1965). Synthetic sound
Pas de Deux (NFB 1967). Panpipes; also on video compilation The Genius of Norman McLaren
Spheres (NFB 1969). Gould plays Bach Fugue 24 and Prelude 20 (Book I) and Fugue 14 (Book II) from The Well-tempered Clavier.
Synchromy (NFB 1971). Synthetic sound
Ballet Adagio (NFB 1972). Albinoni Adagio; also on video compilation The Genius of Norman McLaren
Narcissus (NFB 1983). Balletic interpretation of the Greek myth. Music by Maurice Blackburn
Also Animated Motion (NFB 1976-8), a series of five study of films prepared by McLaren on animation techniques
'The eye hears and the ear sees..'. CanComp, 44, Nov 1969
'Filmography,' The Drawings of/Les Dessins de: Norman McLaren (Montreal 1975)
Collins, Maynard. Norman McLaren (Ottawa 1976)
Scottish Arts Council. Norman McLaren (Edinburgh 1977)
Glover, Guy. McLaren (Montreal 1980)
Richard, Valliere T. Norman McLaren, Manipulator of Movement (Toronto 1982)
Creative Genius: Norman McLaren (NFB 1990)
Author Stephen C. Willis, Patricia Wardrop
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