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The Impossible Map

Directed by Evelyn Lambart
Canada, 1947 (animation, 10 minutes, colour, English)
Also known as "La carte impossible"

Film Description:
"Development in long-range travel and the growing importance of the Arctic and Antarctic regions make it necessary to understand how maps may be misleading. Experiments with a grapefruit illustrate the difficulty of presenting a true picture of the world on a flat surface and it is concluded that the globe is the most accurate way of representing the earth."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Narrator: Bill Bolt
Animation: Evelyn Lambart
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada
Additional Credits: Narrateur, version franšaise [narrator, French version]: Jacques Bobet
(sources)

Quote about The Impossible Map

"Evelyn Lambart's The Impossible Map used simple, object animation to give a lucid explanation of the problems of presenting an accurate picture of the earth on a flat map. [...] The Impossible Map retains a quality of freshness and originality that has yet to be equalled by similar and more recent efforts; it is a model of what an educational film can be."
-- C. Rodney James (source)

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