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Animation Goes to Work

For those with an official message to get across, animation is the perfect messenger 

Animation has an almost magical ability to charm and captivate. And those same qualities also make it a strikingly effective communication tool. It grabs attention, speaks to all ages, and can distil complex messages into simple and appealing visual metaphors. For government or other august bodies, cartoon antics have often been the perfect jam to sweeten the pill of official communications, whether to explain sweeping change or impart health and safety messages. And for the inventive animator, even the most utilitarian brief is no barrier to the most outlandish of treatments. 

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Public Information Filler19731 mins

Who needs to talk to strangers when you're the only one who can understand the garbled mewling of your best buddy cat, Charley?

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Giro - Fast and LooseGiro - Fast and Loose

Animation & Artists Moving Image19359 minsSilent

Don’t listen to Slacky the Sloucher or Giro the Germ will stage a jailbreak – public health cartoon by the Health & Cleanliness Council

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Pan-tele-tronPan-tele-tron

Animation & Artists Moving Image195710 mins

Ye Gods! It’s the future of telecommunications – as seen through a cartoon modern lens from the 1950s

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John the BullJohn the Bull

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Bloody foreign cows coming over here and becoming our dinners

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Dangerously addicted to boring old movies? This is a case for Dr BFI, as demonstrated in this 1970s animated promo

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Sponsored film19475 minsSilent

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Robinson CharleyRobinson Charley

Animation & Artists Moving Image194810 mins

No man is an island, but Charley represents his nation in this economical cartoon tale of Britain’s economics

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Animation & Artists Moving Image195010 mins

… as brought to you by Rolex, with the help of incredible model animation.

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Animation & Artists Moving Image19469 mins

Modern advice and old-fashioned values combine in this postwar animated health guide from the makers of Animal Farm

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Animation & Artists Moving Image19438 mins

Hitler as a snake and Mussolini as a toad feature in this British propaganda cartoon made for distribution in the Middle East

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Animation & Artists Moving Image19819 mins

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Government sponsored film19422 mins

A talking cabbage plant will win you over in this Second World War cartoon trailer, which has a surprising charm.

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Animation & Artists Moving Image19499 mins

Cartoon propaganda short sweetens the pill of post-war coal prices by promising jam tomorrow

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Documentary194911 mins Location: Norwich

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Animation & Artists Moving Image19451 mins

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Animation & Artists Moving Image19488 mins

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Animation & Artists Moving Image19568 mins

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Animation & Artists Moving Image195713 mins

An animated tale with a Lutheran message that's equal parts Christmas spirit and good old-fashioned guilt

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Animation & Artists Moving Image196111 mins

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Advert19591 mins

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Advert1959 mins

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Animation & Artists Moving Image19951 mins

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Advert19641 mins

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Advert19611 mins

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Pythons join Frank Muir, Connie Booth and Willie Rushton celebrating the Guinness Book of Records.

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Animation & Artists Moving Image1965 mins

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Animation & Artists Moving Image196614 mins

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Animation & Artists Moving Image19674 mins

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Animation & Artists Moving Image19696 mins Location: Liverpool

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Rate Rebates 1969Rate Rebates 1969

Public Information Filler19691 mins

Zippy public information animation on how to keep up with the Joneses - by getting a rebate on rates.

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Animation & Artists Moving Image19703 mins

Cartoon calamities are in store for the proper Charlie in this rail worker safety message, but there's serious advice too

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Instructional film/TV programme197020 mins Location: Exeter

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Public Information Filler19821 mins

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Animation & Artists Moving Image19642 mins

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Animation & Artists Moving Image19731 mins

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Animation & Artists Moving Image19425 mins

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Animation & Artists Moving Image19731 mins

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Public Information Filler194614 mins Location: Poole

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Animation & Artists Moving Image197410 mins

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Public Information Filler19731 minsSilent

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Animation & Artists Moving Image19731 mins

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Documentary197510 mins

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Animation & Artists Moving Image19764 mins

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Public Information Filler1978 mins

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Public Information Filler1978 mins

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Public Information Filler1978 mins

Nothing beats a relaxing picnic on the beach – but beware Dusty the kangaroo

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Animation & Artists Moving Image19826 mins

Grease is the word in this comic sponsored short for lubricant products that is literally filled with monkey business

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Falling in the WaterFalling in the Water

Animation & Artists Moving Image19731 mins

Kids don't always listen to their parents. But in the 70s they certainly listened to a giant ginger tabby cat...

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Cold ComfortCold Comfort

Animation & Artists Moving Image19441 mins

A dancing radio stops partying to transmit an announcement on fuel conservation in this WWII cartoon short

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The Great GordinoThe Great Gordino

Animation & Artists Moving Image197815 mins

Fans of Mr Benn will recognise the style of this effective and moving campaign film for Save the Children

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Animation & Artists Moving Image19483 mins

See how Willie the white elephant is brought to life in an animation studio for a National Savings ad

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Animation & Artists Moving Image20164 mins

A woman under sedation for a lung operation sinks inside her own unconscious. Music video for Andreya Triana commissioned for the Body of Songs project.