From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


CBMT-DT is a television station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, broadcasting the English-language service of CBC Television. It is owned and operated by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation alongside Ici Radio-Canada Télé flagship CBFT-DT.

Bumper (Anything Can Happen On Channel 6) (1950s/60s?)

Visuals: On a black background are pictures of two legs and feet, which move up and down as if they are dancing. The screen then cuts to see a picture of a rocket, which "takes off" accompanied by the background flashing rapidly.

We then see even more random images both still and made to "move":

  • An old man thinking.
  • A man playing the piano, which is animated by going back and forth rapidly between two images of him doing so.
  • A jazz singer.
  • Two shots of a woman.
  • A man, possibly Louis Armstrong or at least resembling him, playing the trumpet.
  • A woman lifting a man with his leg up in the air as he does a pose, seemingly dancing.
  • An excited man making a weird face.
  • A Native American in a headdress.
  • The same "dancing" feet from before.
  • What looks like an Aztec jaguar statue, which zooms in three times.

We then see the text "ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN", which spirals away. We briefly see a shot of a man in a cowboy hat, then the text "ON CHANNEL 6". In very rapid succession, there is a closeup of an eye, the text "NEW SIGHTS", an ear, the text "NEW SOUNDS", and a bizarre looking humanoid artifact.

We then see:

  • An upper body shot of a hockey player for the Montreal Canadiens, then a lower shot of his legs, skates, and hockey stick.
  • Three shots of a Canadian football player catching a ball thrown at him, made to look animated.
  • The Parthenon.
  • A statue's hand.
  • A statue of a bearded man, possibly Zeus.
  • A statue of a naked bearded man crawling through the legs of and peering up at an angel with their bare butt visible.
  • A man with a mustache smoking a big cigar.
  • Yet another shot of the "dancing" legs.

We then see two puppets animated in stop motion, the left one having a paper with a "6" on it tucked under his bow tie and the right being shorter with two strands of hair. They turn to look at each other and open their mouths. A white "6" briefly flashes on screen at the end.

Technique: Camera-controlled animation and stop-motion for the puppets, with live-action photographs.

Audio: A rather loud and cacophonic piano tune.

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