Hen Hop!, 1942, Norman McLaren
Date of Issue
August 22, 1996
100 Years of Cinema in Canada, 1896-1996
Series Time Span
Perforation or Dimension
Diecut, imperforate = Découpé à l'emporte-pièce, non dentelé
Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Designed by Pierre-Yves Pelletier.
From the earliest days of film over a century ago, audiences, artists and entrepreneurs alike have been mesmerized by the power of the cinema. The invention of equipment to record moving images was instantly applauded. Today, movies are a common form of expression and entertainment around the world. The history of cinema in Canada has been varied and unique. Award-winning animated shorts, wartime newsreels, innovative features films and world-renowned documentaries are just few examples of the kind of visual storytelling at which Canadians excel. On August 22, Canada Post Corporation will release two souvenir sheets honouring one hundred years of Canadian film making. The sheets will feature a total of ten domestic rate stamps, each depicting an outstanding moment in Canadian film history. Norman McLaren of the National Film Board (NFB) was one of the world's most admired animators, widely recognized as a creative and technical genius. He came to Canada in 1941 and, by 1965, his work had received more than 66 awards from the international film community. "Hen Hop!" is a classic example of the kind of animated shorts McLaren created for the NFB. The three-minute promotional short stars a small hen who, to the rhythm of French Canadian barn dance music, urges rural audiences to buy Victory Bonds. Stamp designer Pierre-Yves Pelletier, well known to Details readers, screened dozens of movies with film historian André Pâquet to select ten images for the series. After their screening sessions, Pelletier and Pâquet agreed to portray actual films frames rather than posters of publicity stills on the stamps in order to capture the true feel of film. This beautiful, historic series is presented as 10 self-adhesive die-cut stamps which are arranged in vertical strips so that they look like segments of film-right down to their simulated sprocket holes and sound strips. The year and title of the films appear on the stamp, as well as additional production information.
Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details. Vol. 5, No. 4, 1996, p. 16-17, 19-20.
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