Hen Hop

Hen Hop is a 1942 drawn-on-film animation short by Norman McLaren, in which a hen gradually breaks apart into an abstract movement of lines as it dances to a barn dance. One of a number of drawn-on-film animated works created by McLaren, Hen Hop was animated by inking and scraping film stock, with colour added optically afterwards.[1][2]

Hen Hop
Directed byNorman McLaren
Produced byNorman McLaren
Distributed byNational Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Release date
  • 1942 (1942)
Running time
4 minutes

To make Hen Hop, McLaren spent days in a chicken coop to capture what he called "the spirit of henliness." The film was produced by the National Film Board of Canada.[3]


Pablo Picasso was reported to have exclaimed "at last something new" upon viewing this film. Dutch animator Gerrit van Dijk, reproduces part of the film as well as quotes from McLaren about making Hen Hop his 1997 work, I Move, So I Am.[1]


  1. ^ a b Schaffer, Bill (2005). "The Riddle of the Chicken: The Work of Norman McLaren". Senses of Cinema (35). Retrieved 16 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Hen Hop". Collection page. National Film Board of Canada.
  3. ^ Fulford, Robert. "Our very own genius". National Post. Archived from the original on 29 January 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2011.

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