Len Lye’s early experimental cartoon work using Publicity Pictures facilities resulted in TUSALAVA, released in 1928. EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION appeared in 1933 while he was employed by the G.P.O. film unit.
Interested in trying an animated puppet film series promoting Horlicks, J. Walter Thompson’s advertising agency sent Gerard Holdsworth to Holland to talk over possibilities with George Pal.
When the Blitz began, HOPPY and his wife would sit up nights filling in cels. They were often accompanied by their close friend Police Superintendent MOORE who lent a hand.
JACK JACKSON, the popular band-leader who became a celebrated disc-jockey on radio after the war, took time off from his music and his A.R.P. warden duties and animated a series of food-flashes for the Ministry of Food.
ANSON DYER made ROBBIE FINDS A GUN (B/W – 1946), WHO ROBBED THE ROBINS (1947) , and a three part serial SQUIRREL WAR (1947).
Television’s insatiable appetite for new material has encouraged the development of a more economical style of cartoon animation.
In shot three, the caveman enters. This re-used the cels from shot one. The caveman with the brontosaurus took up most of the cel so walking him into the scene would allow the leading edges of the cels to show.
When all the words had been written in, I went back over the sheets and noted the mouth movements.
When I’m shooting a cycle of cels I start with the pile in order, face up on the left of the rostrum with the first one on top.
HOWWAY THE LASSES. Commissioned by TTTV for a programme on ‘Women in the North East’.