Cadet Rousselle

Flat metal shapes, painted in bright colours and fastened together, dancing along frame by frame to a 1792 French folk song. Not the most typical career-launching film, but a significant one: Toronto-born animator George Dunning’s Cadet Rousselle (1947). Pushing the boundaries of conventional animation techniques, with it Dunning announced himself as an important new talent, among the first generation at the National Film Board that established Canada’s reputation as a venue for acclaimed animation work. By career’s end, he’d produced Yellow Submarine and was regarded, in the words of one observer, as “the undisputed father of British commercial animation.”

-Via our friends at Torontoist. (Click the link to read more about this pioneering Canadian)

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