New Zealand Forest Service – Trees

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A cartoon promoting forest fire prevention, produced for the New Zealand Forest Service and Soil Conservation & Rivers Control Council.

Made using Gevacolor, this was the first colour animation advertisement made in New Zealand, and as such received considerable critical acclaim.

According to a Morrow Productions publicity flyer for the film, housed in a Morrow Productions clippings file at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, it was made on a limited budget approximately half the cost of a comparable overseas production.

4,500 animation drawings were required to make this film. For the camera movement through the forest, the painted background was moved by hand 450 times – which required more than eight hours' work under the camera.

Catalogue Reference F1792

Year 1952


Production Company: Morrow Productions
Music Composed: Christopher Small
Music Played: The Alex Lindsay Orchestra
Spoken: Alison Collins
Verses Written: Cedric Herbert

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