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Mower Madness

A short film comedy horror!

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In this amateur comedy film a man buys a new lawnmower which has a mind of its own...

Questions & Activities


  • How do you think the filmmaker made the mower fly?
  • What kind of film does this remind you of?
  • How does the filmmaker try to generate suspense?


Use stop-frame animation to make ordinary objects move.

Compare and contrast with the work of Scottish animator Norman McLaren, especially 'Neighbours'.

Experiment with different soundtracks that could be applied to this film using music and sound effects.

Identify different types of shots e.g. close ups, point of view, and so on.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-141-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0812
Date 1939
Genre Amateur, Comedy, Horror, Fiction
School Subject Media Studies, Music, Expressive Arts, English
Who Frank Marshall (director)
Where Garden
Event Home life
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 2:25
Film Length 13:39