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Love on the Wing (1938)

This artful animation, rich in symbolic imagery, is a short story about a letter’s journey between two lovers. It is also an advertisement for the Post Office. Accompanied by specially composed music, a drawn letter transforms in rapid succession, as it travels, into a variety of symbolic images. Starting as the man posting the letter, it takes the shape of a man and a woman, their lips, eyes, hearts; butterflies, a snail, a finger; a skull, a horse which disintegrates; and many more, all simple lines, black or white against a colourful backdrop. Then there are paired shapes: a man and a woman, two letters flying off into the sky, an apple and a mouth, a bee and a flower, a butterfly and a candle, a knife and a fork, a lock and a key and, finally, a letter and a stamp.

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Clip Details

Record Id 007-002-000-115-C
Resource Rights Holder The Post Office
Project Ref STSH2-05
Year of Production 1938
Genre Abstract, Romance, Drama
Curriculum Areas subjects
Who Norman McLaren (Filmmaker)
Country of Origin UK
Medium / Content 2D Animation, Fiction, Colour, Sound
Themes Communication, Love, Conflict, Abstraction
Clip Length 05:00