I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Format: 35mm Colour
Runtime: 35 min
National Film Board of Canada
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, Derek Lamb’s first film as a director, was a major success and proved to be the breakthrough that would lead to his illustrious career as a professor and producer of animation. The film, which features garishly coloured figures in classic cel animation style, is adapted from a nonsense song written by Canadian folk singer Alan Mills and performed by Burl Ives. Of course, by the time the song ends the old lady has swallowed much more than a fly.