517. Log Driver’s Waltz – John Weldon

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SUMMARY: An animated music video to the song ‘Log Driver’s Waltz’ by Wade Hemsworth.

WHY IT’S HERE: Made as part of the National Film Board of Canada’s series of ‘Canadian Vignettes’, John Weldon’s ‘Log Driver’s Waltz’ became one of the most frequently requested films of the series. Set to an arrangement of Wade Hemsworth’s ‘Log Driver’s Waltz’ by Kate and Anna McGarrigle and the Mountain City Four, the short depicts the job of log driving, a practice in the lumber industry which involved transporting felled timber by having workers walk or run on the logs as they floated down rivers. Weldon’s humorous animation is bursting with energy and the resulting three minute short is one of the most charming pieces of 70s animation. Uplifting, brief and beautiful, ‘Log Driver’s Waltz’ is highly recommended to lift the spirits of anyone having a bad day!

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