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«A highly readable history ... if Stewart's book has a fault, it's far too short.»

, Sight and Sound
A Sight & Sound Book of the Year

Jez Stewart charts the course of this extraordinarily fertile area of British film from early experiments with stop-motion and the flourishing of animated drawings during WWI. Les mer
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A Sight & Sound Book of the Year

Jez Stewart charts the course of this extraordinarily fertile area of British film from early experiments with stop-motion and the flourishing of animated drawings during WWI. He reveals how the rockier interwar period set the shape of the industry in enduring ways, and how creatives like Len Lye and Lotte Reiniger brought art to advertising and sponsored films, building a foundation for such distinctive talents as Bob Godfrey, Alison De Vere and George Dunning to unleash their independent visions in the age of commercial TV.

Stewart highlights the integral role of women in the industry, the crucial boost delivered by the arrival of Channel 4, the emergence of online animation and much more. The book features ‘close-up’ analyses of key animators such as Lancelot Speed and Richard Williams, as well as more thematic takes on art, politics and music. It builds a framework for better appreciating Britain’s landmark contributions to the art of animation, including Halas and Batchelor’s Animal Farm (1954), Dunning’s Yellow Submarine (1968) and the creations of Aardman Animations.
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Forlag: BFI Publishing
Innbinding: Innbundet
Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 192
ISBN: 9781911239734
Format: 22 x 17 cm
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«A highly readable history ... if Stewart's book has a fault, it's far too short.»

, Sight and Sound

«An excellent read. The style is accessible to the casual reader with an interest in the topic, but is still sufficiently detailed and full of fascinating facts to be of interest to the animation expert or student.»

Animation for Adults

«Well researched and dense with historical detail … Stewart’s own evident passion for animation brings welcome color to the history.»

Animation Studios 2.0

«This is an accessible, highly informed, introduction to British Animation, which takes into account its history, distinctiveness and place as a socially engaged art form and practice.»

«At long last this book has been written! Not only does Stewart fill in the gaps of the British animation story, but he also brings the rich history and remarkable achievements of British animation into the public eye.»

«Finally – someone has written the history of British animation! It’s readable, has beautiful images and provides a much-needed overview of British animation. Great for teaching, but also really useful as a way of familiarizing yourself with the territory and as a springboard for your own research.»

Acknowledgements
British Screen Stories: Editors' Introduction
Introduction
1. Signing in and Signing up
Close Up: Arise, Sir Lancelot

2. Dog Eat Dog
Close-up: Anson Dyer

3. The Shadow of the Mouse

4. Shelter from the Storm
Close-up: All Together Now: Music and Animation 1

5. Back to the Front

6. Rebuilding
Close Up: Bob Godfrey

7. Never Had It So Good
Close-Up: Grasshopper Group

8. Kids' Stuff
Close Up: Richard Williams
Close-up: Alison De Vere

9. Top of the World
Close-up: Money for Nothing?: Music and Animation 2

10. OK Computer
Close Up: Search for the British Simpsons

11. British Animation in the 21st Century

Recommended Reading

Useful Websites

A British Animation Playlist

Notes
Jez Stewart is a curator at the BFI National Archive, responsible for the animation collection. His blogs explore the rich seam of British animation history, from the 1900s to the present.

Jez has worked at the BFI since 2001 as part of the non-fiction team, and has done extensive research into the BFI’s holdings of cinema and television advertising. His interest in animation overlaps with his passion for comics and illustration.