Evelyn Lambart

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Evelyn Lambart

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Ottawa, Ontario

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National Film Board of Canada


Evelyn Lambart was the first woman animator to join the National Film Board of Canada in 1942 and is widely recognized as one of the first Canadian women animators. For nearly 25 years, Lambart was the only woman directing animated films at the NFB. She is most known for her collaborations with fellow NFB animator Norman McLaren such as Begone Dull Care (1949). However, she went on to have a flourishing independent career, producing films such as Fine Feathers (1968), The Lion and the Mouse (1976), and The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse (1980).

Career outline

Lambart attended Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa. Afterwards, she studied at the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University), graduating in 1937.

After years of working as an artist, she started to work in the NFB in 1942. She began collaborating with Norman McLaren in 1944, resulting in films such as Begone Dull Care (1949), Lines Horizontal (1962), and Mosaic (1965). These collaborations with McLaren are notable for being relatively abstract compared to her solo work later. She is credited as the animator of A Chairy Tale (1957), which received an Academy Award nomination.

In the 1960s, Lambart began producing her own independent films that were notable for their use of paper and linoleum cut-outs against coloured backgrounds, a style exemplified in her films Fine Feathers (1968).

Lambart retired from the NFB in 1975 but continued to produce freelance work. She was the honorary president of the 1988 Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Honors and awards

  • Begone Dull Care (1949) won the Silver Medal for Culture Films and Documentaries at the 1951 Berlin International Film Festival. 
  • Academy Award nomination for A Chairy Tale (1957), for which she was an animator.
  • Honorary president of the 1988 Ottawa International Animation Festival.


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