1967 : PLANÈTE ANIMATION
In 1967, the world gathered in Montreal to discover the Universal Exhibition. The city overflowed with a full range of cultural activities.
This exhibition, assembled entirely from the archives of the Cinémathèque québécoise, reveals how, from 1966 to 1968, animated films reflected the exuberance of the time. During this period in Hollywood, Disney released one of its most successful films, The Jungle Book, while Hanna-Barbera introduced its main protagonist, Fred Flintstone, in the feature film, The Man Called Flintstone.
At the same time, the National Film Board of Canada, in keeping with its long-standing tradition of welcoming foreign filmmakers, produced the magnificent but little-known film, The Cruise, by the renowned American couple, John and Faith Hubley. A young Pierre Hébert was also completing one of his earliest films, an animated documentary titled Explosion démographique, which tackled the issue of overpopulation. The soundtracks of these two films were conceived by well-known composers representing two aspects of jazz, Benny Carter and Ornette Coleman, respectively.
The years surrounding 1967 also marked a golden age for animation coming from Eastern European countries such as Poland and Yugoslavia. And in Japan, the prolific and unclassifiable Yoji Kuri created a flipbook, The Room, which was edited by the Cinémathèque canadienne (later to become the Cinémathèque québécoise) during the World Retrospective of Animation.
This exhibition also highlights the diversity and value of the Cinémathèque québécoise's collections. Our organization was only four years old at the time, but our wise founders already understood the importance of building a dynamic collection of fascinating artifacts that reflect animation in all its diversity. For the Cinémathèque's animation section, 1967 represents a kind of genesis.