An animated portrait of a nation, brought to life frame by painstaking frame
Since the early 1900s a disparate array of artists in Britain have drawn, sculpted, snipped, stamped, posed, clicked and scratched their art into celluloid life. This collection surveys a stunningly rich history, from the age of the pioneers to the best commercial and independent animators, taking in home hobbyists bitten by the animation bug.
Through its own weird alchemy, animation can bring our wildest imaginings to life, and yet it can also be a powerful tool for exploring our everyday reality. Silly, surreal, sweet or caustic, this dizzyingly diverse selection showcases British animation's unique contribution to the art form, and offers a history ripe for rediscovery.
Animation & Artists Moving Image197724 mins
As sublime as it is silly, this ambitious animated short mixes a vision of a dystopian, tower block Britain with anarchic vaudeville humour
Discover an animated portrait of Britain, brought to life frame by painstaking frame, with our free-to-view BFI Player archive collection - available as part of Animation 2018, a year-long celebration of animation
Animation & Artists Moving Image19945 mins
What does it mean to be British? You might not have a much clearer idea after watching this animated portrait, but you will certainly be entertained
Animation & Artists Moving Image19636 mins
Warning! If you step into the Merry Music Shop then this singalong cartoon is an animated earworm in waiting!
Animation & Artists Moving Image19360 mins
Gad Sir, it’s an animated Colonel Blimp! David Low’s drawings were brought to life in this test for a sadly unrealised political cartoon project
Animation & Artists Moving Image19758 mins
Got your holidays booked yet? Take a look at what Terminal Tours have to offer in this consciously coarse comic cartoon
Animation & Artists Moving Image19599 mins
A cartoon cautionary tale of a marriage turning sour, featuring real-life husband and wife Sam Wanamaker and Charlotte Holland
Animation & Artists Moving Image19905 mins
A down-to-earth portrait of art school life from Sarah Ann Kennedy, creator of Crapston Villas and voice of Miss Rabbit and Nanny Plum
Animation & Artists Moving Image19858 mins
A cartoon character assassination of the Iron Lady with a healthy dollop of lunacy from Bob “Roobarb” Godfrey
Animation & Artists Moving Image19677 mins
A nutty professor meets a very hungry caterpillar in this animated chase cartoon brimming with swinging 60s backdrops.
Animation & Artists Moving Image197912 minsSilent
A relationship liable to blow up at any moment is at the heart of this animated short about a man and an inflatable sex doll
Animation & Artists Moving Image19955 mins
Do you know your Europeans? This animated overview of Germany with Bach was part of a series on the new European Union
Animation & Artists Moving Image19707 mins
Are you sitting comfortably? Then let this classic bedtime story begin, with added animation to bring the illustrations to life
Animation & Artists Moving Image19697 mins
This is one small step for The Moody Blues… It may not have led to any giant leaps, but it’s a fun cartoon take on British space exploration
Animation & Artists Moving Image19763 mins
2 + 2 = BOOM! The apocalyptic danger of maths is explored in this computer animated cartoon from the mind of Stan Hayward
Animation & Artists Moving Image193011 mins
A British Steamboat Willie? This early British sound cartoon might not have been the first, but it’s a cracker
Animation & Artists Moving Image20124 mins
Gothic-tinged animation, presenting the final day of a fox, who is being sentenced to death for murdering his rabbit lover.
Animation & Artists Moving Image19986 mins
A slab of clay is wrought, eviscerated and shattered to render an account of date rape with staggering effectiveness
Animation & Artists Moving Image19556 mins
Frantic Welsh boogie-woogie maestro Thunderclap Jones pounds the piano in this fast and furious pop promo
Animation & Artists Moving Image19655 mins
Meet the animated sci-fi fixer from a strange atomic race who knows the value of Christmas.
Animation & Artists Moving Image19887 mins
Delightful African folk tale collected by Alexander McCall Smith and animated by industry veteran Kathleen “Spud” Houston
For Puck’s sake watch this. Shakespeare’s “shrewd and knavish sprite” emerges in the C20th and takes on the modern obsession of television
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
Animation & Artists Moving Image201010 mins
A fast-paced and experimental film told through fragments of internet videos, animations, blogs and news articles.
Animation & Artists Moving Image20162 mins Location: Enfield
Personal film about love and memory, animated over hundreds of frames of Google Streetview.
The dawn of a new celluloid art: Britain's animation pioneers at peace and war
Amateur animation auteurs bring their homegrown creations to life
Animation Goes to Work
For those with an official message to get across, animation is the perfect messenger
British animation won great success as an entertainer, but it has long had a lucrative second career in sales
Creatures Great and Small
Fur, feathers, bugs or beaks: from the start animators have cast the whole natural world in their human comedies and dramas
The Animator’s Art
Free from commercial restraints, animators explore their art
13 new short films from new and emerging animators, commissioned through a prestigious initiative by the BFI, BBC Four, and BBC Arts.