Vancouver, B.C., is home to some of the world’s great independent animators, including Gail Noonan. She studied animation at Emily Carr University of Art, and her early works featured hand-drawn cartoons confronting feminine issues related to media representation, with more recent mixed-media animations incorporating jazz and poetry. Films include:
Play Ball! (1989, 2min), 16mm
A film on how one person deals with life’s curve balls. It was completed on paper using a variety of drawing mediums.
Two Beautiful Stars, (1992, 3:30min), 35mm
Intrigued by both the stereotypical gender roles and social progressiveness in square dancing,tradition is combined with the unorthodox as dancers dos-a-dos in a parody of relations between the sexes. The music is a combination of two traditional reels played by Lisa Light, Rosie Szerepi and Glen Watts.
Your Name In Cellulite, (1995, 6min), 35mm
A film about the disparity that exists between a woman’s natural beauty and the ideal set forth in popular culture. Drawing on paper and tracing on cel.
The Menopause Song, (1996, 4min)
A four minute animated film about the positive aspects of reaching menopause. It is based on my song that was performed by a group I used to sing with called She-B-She. I restricted myself to using 48 pre-existing photographs of the singers taken for a poster and gardening catalogues that came in the mail. All images were then digitized and then manipulated in the computer environment using an Amiga.
Honey, (2002, 6 min), 35mm
An animated film based on a poem of the same name by Robert Morgan, a contemporary American writer. The film draws visual parallels between human and bee behavior using a variety of stop motion techniques.
More Sensitive, (2003, 2min), 35mm
With hand-coloured photographs, cutouts, plasticine, optical effects, and drawing on paper and cel, this short piece is a kaleidoscope of experimentation where a performer valiantly strikes the evening’s first piano chord. Jazz musician Kim Darwin provides the stylized music and delicious self-parody.
Would you Rather….? (2013, 1min)
Based on a radio segment written by Jonathan Goldstein, a son phones his parents to ask them if they would rather have a trip to the moon or a longer, all-expenses paid trip to Europe.
Chanterelle Rain, (2014, 4min)
A love song to the summer rains that give us the treasured culinary gift of these prized mushrooms. Stop-motion animation is used to create a lush and entertaining homage to the passion and obsession these members of the Fungal Royal Family inspire in mere mortals.
Sourdough Starter, (2016, 3min)
A short experimental animation based on Noonan’s hard-luck love song using a hybrid of traditional stop motion and special effects. References to various online sites are cryptically written into the lyrics in the search for both love and leavening.