Monday, 29 April 2013

Bob Godfrey's Great


Great (1976) is one of the late Bob Godfrey's most acclaimed films, winning an Oscar for best animated short. It's not hard to see why: this comedy biography of Isambard Kingdom Brunel manages to cram a great deal of wit and invention into its half-hour running time, making use of drawn animation, Gilliamesque cut-out animation, treated live action and a small bit of rotoscoping alongside plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.

I remember that Bob Godfrey's family recently tried to get a pay-per-view service for his films off the ground, and so are understandably strict about letting his work leak onto YouTube without their permission. I sometimes get requests from people asking me to provide copies of the films I cover on this blog, but I'm afraid that, in the case of Great, the answer will be a definite no.

I wish the Godfrey family the best of luck in introducing a new generation to classic animation such as this on their own terms.
































3 comments:

  1. If the Godfrey family made an app of all Bob's films I'm sure it would prove successful.

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  2. Saw this for the first time last night (I won't say how), and loved every second of it. After hearing so much and looking for so long, I was prepared for disappointment, but this utterly failed in doing that!

    The songs in it are fantastic, I'd happily buy a soundtrack album. Maybe instead of a pay-per-view service, a nice DVD box-set would be a thing to do?

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  3. You can now pre-order Digital HD downloads and Blu-Rays of Great from https://bobgodfreyfilms.com/store

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