Monsieur Pointu (film)

Monsieur Pointu is a 1975 animated film about Quebec fiddler Monsieur Pointu, the stage name for Paul Cormier.[1][2]

Monsieur Pointu
Directed by
Produced byRené Jodoin
StarringPaul Cormier
Music byPaul Cormier
CinematographyCo Hoedeman
Edited byClaude Jobin
Distributed byNational Film Board of Canada
Release date
Running time
12 minutes


In this 12-and-a-half-minute film, Pointu and his violin break into pieces that take on a life of their own, dancing to the artist's music.


The film was directed by Bernard Longpré and André Leduc and produced by René Jodoin for the National Film Board of Canada.[3] Monsieur Pointu makes use of the pixillation technique pioneered by NFB animation studio founder Norman McLaren in Neighbours and A Chairy Tale, combined with optical effects.[4][5]

Critical receptionEdit

Monsieur Pointu was screened at the 1978 Festival of Animated Films in Ottawa.[6] It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 48th Academy Awards.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ Previews. 6. R. R. Bowker Company. 1977.
  2. ^ Françoise Tétu de Labsade (2001). Le Québec: un pays, une culture. Boréal. p. 452. ISBN 978-2-7646-0053-5.
  3. ^ Top of the News. 35. American Library Association Division of Libraries for Children and Young People. 1978. p. 99.
  4. ^ "Monsieur Pointu". Canadian Film Encyclopedia. Toronto International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2012-10-06. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  5. ^ Today's Education. 68-70. National Education Association of the United States. 1979. p. 84.
  6. ^ Film News. 32-35. Film News Company. 1975. p. 15.
  7. ^ "Monsieur Pointu". Collections page. National Film Board of Canada.
  8. ^ "Monsieur Pointu". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica-Dominion. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  9. ^ "The Choices ". March 27, 1976, The Ottawa Journal Section 3, Page 37

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