Tag Archives: animation

How The Eye Functions (1941)

20 Mar
Director  Karl Kurt Bosse
Producer  Knowledge Builders Films
Contributors  Supervision of McRory Studios
Length  12 minutes
B&W/Color  Black and White
UO Library Catalog description:  Illustrates the functions of the various parts of the eye and explains focal adjustment. Includes animated drawings.
Call #  FILM Ma2
Genre  Instructional
Rare  Yes
Online   Yes
Copyright status  Public Domain
Physical condition  Fair
Oregon-related  No


A classroom film from the 1940’s, How The Eye Functions is a short, partially animated feature that explores the intricacies of the human eye, including the machinations of the cornea, iris, retina, and tear ducts. It explains concepts such as focal adjustment and eye rotation. The film features sound and music, opening with an overture of “The Blue Danube.”

Blowhard (1978)

15 Mar
Director Brad Caslor & Christopher Hinton
Producer Jerry Krepakevich
Contributors National Film Board of Canada
Length 10 minutes
B&W/Color Color
UO Library Catalog description: A humorous story about a community of dragons, satirizing the world’s foolish mismanagement and unprincipled manipulation of oil supplies. Designed to encourage discussion of energy conservation.
Call # Ma204
Genre animation
Rare No
Online Yes
Copyright status ©1978 National Film Board of Canada
Physical condition Poor
Oregon-related No


The animator for Blowhard, Christopher Hinton, was nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, for Nibbles (2003) and Blackfly (1991), a National Film Board of Canada production.

Watch Christopher Hinton’s films!




The Sensory World (1971)

15 Mar
Director Unknown
Producer Tom Lazarus
Contributors CRM ProductionsMcGraw-Hill Films

Editor: James D. Young

Length 33 minutes
B&W/Color Color
UO Library Catalog description: An animated film, which shows a voyage through the human body to demonstrate the operation of the senses. Includes experiments showing sensory phenomena and confusion.
Call # Mc200
Genre animation, instructional
Rare No (available on VHS)
Online No
Copyright status Public Domain
Physical condition Fair; several splices, pink tinge
Oregon-related No


Tom Lazarus began his filmmaking career as a writer, director, and producer of educational and business films. His awards from that time include over two dozen international film festival awards and honors including Best Educational Film of the Year at the San Francisco Film Festival.

Lazarus then wrote for TV. He was a staff writer/producer for such shows as “Jake and the Fatman”, “Stingray”, and “War of the Worlds”.

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