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.