Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Following up on Bendazzi, part 4 (1970-1989)

The fourth and final post in my series looking at Cartoons: One Hundred Years of Cinema Animation by Giannalberto Bendazzi; click here if you want to start from the beginning.

This period is described by Bendazzi as "the good years". "Beginning in the 1960s Great Britain became an active centre of animation", he says.
High standards of quality put British advertising at the top world-wide. [...] Because of its individualism and fragmentation, British animation did not exhibit recognizable national traits, but was one of the richest in creative freedom, novelty and variety of themes and motives.
For the sake of completism I've listed all of the titles mentioned by Bendazzi, even though at this point we'll be seeing a number of household names that really need no introduction.

Bill Melendez & Ronald Searle
Dick Deadeye or Duty Done

Martin Rosen
Watership Down

Yellow Submarine
When the Wind Blows

Ron Wyatt & Tony Cattaneo

Biographic Films/Vera Linnecar, Keith Learner, Nancy Hanna & Bob Godfrey

Cucumber Studios/Annabel Jankel & Rocky Morton

Cosgrove Hall
Count Duckula
The Wind in the Willows

Siriol Animation/Mike Young & Dave Edwards

Tony Barnes and Naomi Jones/Fairwater Films
Hanner Dwsin

Klacto/Oscar Grillo and Ted Rockley

Matt Forrest

Film Garage

English Markell Pockett

Hibbert Ralph


Stuart Brookes

Richard Taylor
Earth is a Battlefield
Put Una Money for There
The Revolution
Some of Your Bits Ain't Nice
English by Television (1984-86)

Alison de Vere
Two Faces
Café Bar
Mr. Pascal
Silas Marner
The Black Dog

The Brothers Quay
Nocturna artificialia
Ein Brudermord
The Eternal Day of Michel de Ghelderode, 1898-1962
Leos Janácek: Intimate excursions
Igor - The Paris Years Chez Pleyel
The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer - Prague's alchemist of film
Street of Crocodiles
Little Songs of the Chief Officer of Hunar Louse, or This Unnameable Little Broom
Rehearsals For Extinct Anatomies

Aardman Animations/Peter Lord, David Sproxton & Nick Park
Confessions of a Foyer Girl
Down and Out
Sales Pitch
Creature Comforts
The Wrong Trousers

Daniel Greaves

Terry Gilliam

Monty Python's Flying Circus
The Miracle of Flight
Monty Python's the Meaning of Life

Geoff Dunbar

Kathleen "Spud" Houston
How the Kiwi Lost His Wings
(Note: I'm not entirely sure what country this film - which I don't have access to - was made in, as Houston has worked in both Britain and New Zealand. It was included in British Animated Films, 1895-1985: A Filmography by Denis Gifford, but the BFI database claims that it was made in New Zealand.)

Oscar Grillo
Seaside Woman

Vera Linnecar
Springtime for Samantha
The Trendsetter
A Cat Is a Cat
Do I Detect a Change in Your Attitude? (1980)

Ian Moo-Young
The Ballad of Lucy Jordan
The World of Netlon
Trebor Dandies: Norman Normal
Der Falschspieler (1980, with Joachim Kreck)

Sheila Graber
Just So Stories

Dianne Jackson
The Snowman

Tony White
Hokusai: An Animated Sketchbook

Lesley Keen/Persistent Vision Animation
Taking a Line For a Walk

Alan Kitching

Ian Emes

Philip Austin and Derek Hayes
The Victor

Paul Vester
Football Freaks

Joanna Quinn
Girls Night Out

Bendazzi ends his coverage of British animation with biographies of George Dunning, Richard Williams and Bob Godfrey.

I hope that this series of posts will be helpful for anyone who wants a rough map of British animation's history.

Part 1 - 2 - 3 - 4

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