Captain Iron Ears’ Pirate Ship. © Tate Movie Project 2011.
The Tate Movie Project’s The Itch of the Golden Nit was premiered in Leicester Square, London, on 29 June 2011 and will be shown at regional galleries over the summer. The film is the first of its kind – an animation made by children ranging from 5 to 13 years old. Thousands of drawings, sound effects and story ideas by children from across the UK make up the action-packed, half hour animation as part of the Cultural Olympiad.
Age no barrier. Animation is now in the hands of children, Stan Heyward tells Ken Clark. Stan Hayward’s original ambition was to become a chemist but when he received his call-up papers to do National Service he had to shelve the idea. He chose to join the Merchant Navy but when they arrived in Australia… Read More »
“Using Delux Paint 3 software, colouring is a simple operation with the additional advantage of electronic manipulations. With Lux I can merge animations with live action video, and so many other tricks – a truly multi- media work station. I would like to see many more systems installed in classrooms with a wide variety of… Read More »
Three lads most likely to succeed in the field of cartoon art have all appeared in Rolf’s Cartoon Club TV programmes and seem set on careers in the profession. By Ken Clark. In alphabetical order: thirteen year old Christopher Blackwell, who had an exhibition of his artwork displayed in the foyer of Wycombe 6 cinema… Read More »
“Ashley Egan and I have something in common,” observed Rolf Harris, “We have both drawn for as long as we can remember.” Before his debut on the Cartoon Club, Ashley had a cartoon strip titled The Little Horrors published regularly in his local paper The Trader. This came about because he won a competition by… Read More »
Often, parents of sick children will write asking for a special letter of good cheer; while other writers merely want Rolfs autograph. Many letters touch the team’s hearts such as this one from the mother of a handicapped child: “I’d like to say how much Sarah likes your cartoon programme. She is profoundly deaf but… Read More »
“As a further encouragement in this series and to involve our audience at home we have organised an Original Character Design Competition. In the last programme the workshoppers animations were edited into one short film by Wendy Keay Bright.” “The cartoons we show are primarily for children,” added Martin Lamb, “therefore it is only fair… Read More »
We are seeing films from Russia, Czechoslovakia and animation from countries where it is encouraged and subsidized by the State for the entertainment of adults. In this country we tend to think of animation as being something for the kids, perhaps looked at surreptitiously by adults who feel they should not be looking. But in… Read More »
I was standing awkwardly in my little cockpit leaning across because I could not get any closer, drawing off the surface of the screen. I suffered febricities in my left shoulder you wouldn’t believe. Our producer Doug Wilcox stayed behind too, and painted the backs of all the cels so that the detail reflected in… Read More »