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Animation & Artists Moving Image19653 mins Location: Wakefield
A once common object in many households becomes transformed into a quirky dancing troupe in this simple homespun animation.
Anthropomorphic houses pop pills to defeat colds in this cartoon cinema commercial
Government sponsored film193514 mins Location: Chesterfield
The earliest known police surveillance film to be used as evidence captures some illicit activities - and circus animals - in Chesterfield marketplace.
Nature and Science programme197724 mins Location: St Davids / Tyddewi
Wildlife programme Survival explores conditions for the grey seal colonies on Ramsey Island off the Welsh coast
An instructional film offering tips on how to get rid of greenfly, caterpillars, snails, slugs, moths and sparrows.
Promotional198427 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
The fast track to an ambitious new Metro system that ends commuter misery on Tyneside in the 80s.
Animation & Artists Moving Image196220 mins
Does your home suffer from BO? This gag filled pastiche of the ad industry is happy to nibble the hand that feeds it
Children's198315 mins Location: South Shields
Appealing 1980s animation of Rudyard Kipling’s children’s fable in which a cave woman’s magic fails to tame a cat with attitude.
Animation & Artists Moving Image19309 mins
Party-political hyperbole meets Wacky Races in this spirited cartoon produced for the Conservative Party.
Animation & Artists Moving Image19786 mins
Every cloud has a silver lining but Rainbow Valley’s is not just silver but technicolored, thanks to artistic Mr Eppynt and his dear cow Clara.
Animation & Artists Moving Image191710 mins
Anson Dyer imagines the characters behind newspaper adverts and brings them to life in this Kine Komedy Kartoon
Animation & Artists Moving Image19574 mins
Specially commended by ‘Amateur Cine World'. Nineteen fifties claymation by Douglas Butcher offering tongue-in-cheek advice for life.