Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Following up on Bendazzi, part 1 (1899-1929)

Giannalberto Bendazzi's book Cartoons: One Hundred Years of Cinema Animation is a classic of animation scholarship. It covers a vast range of subjects, the history of British animation amongst them. However, given the sheer scope of the book, it is inevitable that its commentary on most of the lesser-known films that it brings up is somewhat thin.

And so, with this series of blog posts I'll be turning to Bendazzi's coverage of British animation and seeing what can be found online about the filmmakers that he mentions.

In its section on British animation from 1899-1929, Cartoons discusses the following animators and their films. Where possible I have linked to pages of interest to anyone who wants to find out more:

Arthur Melbourne Cooper
Matches: An Appeal
Noah's Ark (1906)
Dreams of Toyland
Cinderella (1912)
Wooden Athletes
The Toymaker's Dream

Walter R. Booth (referred to as Walter P. Booth by Bendazzi)
The Hand of the Artist (1906)
The Sorcerer's Scissors

Charles Armstrong (referred to as Samuel Armstrong by Bendazzi)
The Clown and his Donkey

Harry Furniss
Peace and War Pencillings
Winchelsea and its Environs (1914)

Dudley Tempest
War Cartoons

Lancelot Speed

Bully Boy
Sea Dreams
The "U" Tube
Pip, Squeak and Wilfred

Dudley Buxton
War Cartoons: Ever Been Had? (1917)
John Bull's Animated Sketchbook (with Anson Dyer)
Kiddigraphs (With Anson Dyer)
Memoirs of Miffy
Bucky's Burlesques

Anson Dyer
The Story of the Flag

George Ernest Studdy
Bonzo (started 1920)

Joe Noble
Sammy and Sausage

Sid Griffiths
Jerry the Troublesome Tyke

Tom Webster
Tishy the X-Legged Horse

Bendazzi concludes the section by telling us that, like its live action counterpart, British animation of this period was mostly exhibited only in the UK and had little or no influence on animators elsewhere. Oh well.

Part 1 - 2 - 3 - 4

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