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7000 Series ANIMATION - 1       (Library ref no. 82)

A compilation of animated films transferred from 16mm film to video, using newly restored prints and electronic dirt-concealment techniques. There is a longer pause between items 7 and 8, to allow an interval to be taken, if desired.

1. THE WEDDING Rob Stevenhagen (Netherlands)
Long before the end, you will be almost crying with laughter at this superb plasticine animation film, which is just a 'face' in close-up, set to an extremely humorous record by Spike Jones. Winner of three major prizes at the 1987 Festival de Mons, France.


2. THE INVENTOR Ted Rockley (London)
A Stone Age inventor finds it difficult to impress his companion despite the marvellous range of his creations (each of them ahead of its time). Although drawn on white paper, the background is black because it was shot on colour reversal stock which was used as a negative.
Ten Best Oscar, Best Sound 1975


3. RED TYPE Albert Noble (London)
An allegorical portrayal of the East-West conflict. A single sheet of paper acts as the only setting for this simple, but effective, piece of animated story-telling. The maker typed 25,000 characters onto 500 sheets of paper to make this film (1,000 characters were used for the opening credits alone). A dope sheet was prepared from a master optical sound-track and the visuals were shot to match this.
The sequel is called Black Type.
Ten Best Oscar 1962; IAC 1st Experimental and Abstract Class 1963


4. LOVE IN STRING Rose and Stuart Dabbs (New York, USA)
A delightful 'boy-meets-girl' love story in which the central characters are simple outlines made from short pieces of string, brought to life by stop-frame animation. Set in a tropical paradise, the lovers are destined to have only a brief time together.
IAC International Award; Best North American 1967


5. THE THREE MOVIE MAKERS James Martin Smith (Bury, Lancs)
A cartoon about three cine camera owners who each believe his own model is the best: a proud owner of a 'Bolegs', an enthusiast with his 'Eumog' and a novice with a simple little 'Kodeg'. The drawings were made in pencil on paper and then cut out and stuck onto background cels. Shot on Standard 8mm film.
Top 8 winner 1968; Ten Best Gold stars 1968


6. SHORT SPELL Stuart Wynn Jones - Grasshopper Group
An animated alphabet in which each letter resolves itself into a matching picture. Made without camera or recording equipment by drawing both the picture and the sound-track with Indian ink direct onto 35mm clear film.
Ten Best Oscar 1956


7. MOVING ON Sheila Graber, FACI (South Shields)
A jazzed-up version of Eine Kleine Nacht Musik suggested to the maker the chugging of trains and the swooping of aircraft, so this cel-animation film emerged as an illustrated history of transport through the ages - on land, sea and in the air. Made in 1977.


8. PRIVATE BEETHOVEN Martin Funnel (London)
A soldier draws musical inspiration from the sounds of battle and, in so doing, brings order out of chaos. The cardboard cut-out characters were about 100mm high, backed with tin and plastic foam to stop them slipping on the glass working surface of the animation rostrum.
Ten Best Oscar 1974; IAC Very Highly Commended 1974


9. T' BATLEY FAUST Tony Hall (London)
This witty and stylish cut-out animation film is about a stocky, unpleasant businessman who sells his soul to a Yorkshire accented Mephistopheles in exchange for his lost youth. The style of work is somewhat reminiscent of a Lowry painting and perfectly captures the atmosphere of the North country industrial town in which it is set. Made on the animation rostrum at Leeds University while the maker was studying for his MA degree; fellow student Graeme Miller created the main characters.
HUMOROUS BAD LANGUAGE (e.g. 'Daft Bugger')
Ten Best Oscar 1979


10. HATUPATU AND THE BIRDWOMAN Fred O'Neill (Dunedin, New Zealand)
While hunting in the woods, a Maori boy is kidnapped by a grotesque winged creature - the Birdwoman. In her cave he finds his tribe's missing Maori (a talisman that protects them from evil). Brave Hatupatu resolves to make good his escape and to return it to its rightful place. This plasticine animation film re-creates one of the best-known legends about the boy who was to become the greatest of New Zealand's Maori Chiefs. Hatupatu's Rock still stands near Lake Taupo in the North Island.
Ten Best Oscar 1961


11. THE GREATER COMMUNITY ANIMAL Derek Phillips (Hounslow, Middlesex)
This audacious cartoon consists almost entirely of words and phrases jumping, gliding and re-arranging themselves on the screen. The theme is the tendency of Society as a whole to swallow up the individual and suppress original thought.
Ten Best Oscar 1967


12. THE BECKET BUSINESS Peter Ryde, FACI (Spalding, Lincs)
An animated version of the story of Thomas à Becket's assassination in 1170, with chess-men representing all the characters in the drama. The excellent narration is a model of clarity, making this a very polished and highly-entertaining history lesson.
Ten Best Gold Star 1972; IAC Highly Commended. 1972


13. SAND DANCE Richard Quade (USA)
A lively little man performs a dance to the Duke Ellington classic The Mooche. An exhilarating, short cartoon produced in 1988 at the UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles) animation workshop, using stop-frame techniques on drawings made in coloured sand.
IAC International Award (Open) 1990


Total running time 59 mins. DVD

Rental fee £7.50

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