Grant Munro, ‘Canadian animation legend,’ dead at 94

Winnipeg filmmaker was hired at NFB by Norman McLaren and went on to work on Oscar-nominated films.

Canadian filmmaker and animator Grant Munro in Norman McLaren's 1951 film Neighbours. (NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA)

Grant Munro, a Winnipeg filmmaker whom the National Film Board calls a “Canadian film and animation legend,” has died at the age of 94.

In a news release, the NFB said Munro died in Montreal on Dec. 9.

“Grant Munro was a Canadian animation legend, whose work has left an indelible mark on Canadian culture and on the global animation world,” said NFB commissioner Claude Joli-Coeur. “He was part of the first generation of young animators that Norman McLaren hired, trained and worked with, as the NFB was starting up in the early 1940s. For five decades, Grant worked on films here in addition to being a sculptor, painter and artist, for he was ceaselessly creative.”


Munro attended art schools in Winnipeg and joined the NFB after his teacher at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Group of Seven painter Franklin Carmichael, arranged for McLaren to interview Munro’s class.