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BOOSTER BONZO: OR, BONZO IN GAY PAREE DO IT YOURSELF CARTOON KIT 94 CREATE KINGS OF SIAM CLOTHES PARENTS TAKE HEART TRANSFORMER Take another look at British animation with this genre-hopping, whistle-stop tour of an animated century of surprises. All newly remastered by the BFI National Archive, this selection of shorts salutes the independence, innovation and irreverence of generations of British animation talent. Jez Stewart JEALOUS DOLL, OR, THE FRUSTRATED ELOPEMENT Dir Percy Stow. UK 1909. 6 min Though likely intended as a charming comic tale of young love, this fi lm takes on a strangely gothic hue thanks to the uncanny movements of a puppet plaything. ANIMATED DOLL AND TOY TOWN CIRCUS Dir Uncredited. UK 1912. 3min An early experiment in bringing colour to animation sees a bubble-blowing doll, a toy circus and a stubborn donkey revelling in two-tone glory. EVER BEEN HAD? Dir Dudley Buxton. UK 1917. 10min The man on the moon and the last Englishman on Earth appear in a clever mix of propaganda, science fi ction and comedy, with a killer punchline. BOOSTER BONZO; OR, BONZO IN GAY PAREE Dir Uncredited. UK 1925. 6min George Studdy’s cartoon pup makes the transition to the cinema screen and sets the tone for many a British tourist with his drunken high jinks in Paris. EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION 1933 Dir Len Lye. UK 1933. 2min Before opening A Colour Box for the GPO in 1935, New Zealander Len Lye experimented with an all-singing, all-dancing stop-motion monkey hungry for peanuts. FOX HUNT Dir Anthony Gross, Hector Hoppin. UK 1936. 9min This delightfully choreographed Technicolor follow-up to the modernist cartoon classic Joie de Vivre, made for Alexander Korda’s London Films, is a lesser-known delight. THE FIGUREHEAD Dir Joy Batchelor, Allan Crick, John Halas. UK 1952. 7min Sea gods, mermaids and drunken carpenters. A rare venture into stop-motion from Halas & Batchelor, producers of Britain’s fi rst animated feature Animal Farm. PARENTS TAKE HART Dir Uncredited. UK 1953. 3min Some rum parenting advice from the innovative Larkins Studio in this cinema commercial, based on the drawings of the much-loved Ronald Searle. DO IT YOURSELF CARTOON KIT Dir Bob Godfrey, Vera Linnecar, Nancy Hanna, Keith Learner. UK 1959. 6min A forerunner of Terry Gilliam’s work for the Pythons, this off-beat exquisite corpse exercise is enlivened by the creative spirit of Bob ‘Roobarb’ Godfrey. TRANSFORMER Dir Charlie Jenkins. UK 1968. 3min All aboard the psychedelic steam engine! After fi nishing Yellow Submarine, Heinz Edelmann and friends produced this stunning promo for the Cambridge Animation Festival. MR PASCAL Dir Alison De Vere. UK 1979. 7min A fi lm to restore your faith in the world, with a tale of quiet charm and astonishing depth from industry veteran Alison De Vere. NIGHTCLUB Dir Jonathan Hodgson. UK 1983. 6min A vicarious night out lived through an animated sketchbook, laid down to a hypnotic post-punk beat performed by the fi lmmaker himself. CLOTHES Dir Osbert Parker. UK 1988. 3min Ever wondered what your wardrobe is up to when your back is turned? A new version of this lively short, originally edited on analogue video. THE KINGS OF SIAM Dir Ged Haney. UK 1992. 11min All the fun of the fair, as a pair of conjoined twins wrestle with their sideshow reality, dreams of fame and each other. BRITANNIA Dir Joanna Quinn. UK 1993. 5min Joanna Quinn’s concise history of the British Empire sees the British bulldog let off its leash before being brought to heel. Total running time 90min SAT 7 TREASURES BRITISH 12:30 NFT1 FROM JEALOUS DOLLS TO BRUTISH BULLDOGS A NEW HISTORY OF BRITISH ANIMATION @BFI #lff


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