Sat
Jul 9 2011 10:02am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “Free Radicals” and “Begone Dull Care”

Free Radials: Len Lye invented the technique of cameraless animation — animation drawn directly on film. Free Radicals was done by scratching black leader with needles, knife blades and other implements. It was in production from 1958 to 1979. (4:10 minutes)

Begone Dull Care: During his stay at the GPO Film Unit in London, Lye taught his cameraless technique to a young Norman McLaren who would also go on to make many films with this technique with longtime collaborator Evelyn Lambart. (7:52 minutes)

I recommend viewing both of these films in full screen mode, better yet, if you have a projector, use it in a darkened room — it will be the best way to get the full visual impact intended by the filmmakers.

Free Radicals
By Len Lye

Begone Dull Care
Evelyn Lambart and Norman McLaren

For more animation, visit our Saturday Morning Cartoon Index.


René Walling is a fan of SF, animation and comics, this has led him to co-chair Anticipation, the 2009 Worldcon, be involved with fps magazine for more than a decade, write reviews of francophone short fiction for The Portal, and start Nanopress, a Canadian small press. He looks forward to living on Mars where he would benefit from having more than 24 hours in a day.

1 comment
Rebecca Rowe
4. rkrowe
"Free Radicals" is fascinating! It's almost as if at moments during the animation that it's rendered in 3D.

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