Educational film showing the progressing from egg to fully grown newts.
British Instructional Films presentation.
Pond with swans swimming on it. Three young boys go down to edge of pond with fishing nets and jam jars. One of the boys puts his net into the water, pulls it out and puts some newts eggs he had found into his jam jar. C/U of the newt's egg attached to a water weed. The dark centre moves in the jelly. We see the tadpole grow through time lapse photography. Tadpole shape moves around in the egg. External gills grow beside its head. Twin tadpoles developing in one egg. Tadpoles break out of eggs into surrounding water. Newly hatched newt tadpole is transparent and fishlike in appearance. Shots of several tadpoles swimming around with a description of how they grow into newts. Newt tadpole feeding on vegetation. A "micrograph" - C/U of toes and part of the gills . Pigmentation of the creature described. Shot of newt swimming around and coming on to land for the first time. C/U of head of newt. C/U of hand picking up a stone to show the newt living underneath. Newt swims around in water. Newts shown eating.
End title: "A British Instructional Film Revised with the Co-operation of the National Committee for Visual Aids in Education".
Note: contrary to Pathe folklore, this is not the dullest film in the library, but in fact very nicely shot and informative!