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
Would you know Mickey was a mouse if you didn’t know his surname? Many of the most famous animated characters are drawn from the animal kingdom, but they rarely behave quite as nature intended. Anthropomorphism has a long history in storytelling - going back to Aesop and beyond - and animation has imported it into film. But whether it's Bonzo the Dog or Charley the Cat, these characters are really studies in human nature.
Bonzo No. 5
Animation & Artists Moving Image19259 mins
Dreams of a Rarebit Hound, as the loveable cartoon pup Bonzo discovers that a late night sausage feast can lead to some disturbing dreams
The Feline Fun
Animation & Artists Moving Image198613 mins
The shenanigans of Cuthbert-Tiggy, the mischievous kitty who enjoys a tipple. An intriguing combo of stop-motion animation and live action.
Falling 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...
The Elstree Erbs
Animation & Artists Moving Image19308 mins
Teddie, Piggie and Poll might not have gone down in history like Mickey Mouse, but here is a British answer to Disney’s Steamboat Willie
Animation & Artists Moving Image19669 mins Location: Leeds
An animated battle of the sexes as seen from the husband’s viewpoint, before the impact of modern feminism put a dent into male chauvinism.
The Cat that Walked by Himself
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.
Bonzolino or - Bonzo Broadcasted
Animation & Artists Moving Image19257 mins
Bonzo the dog hitches a ride on radio waves all the way to Hollywood to win back his girl in this silent cartoon comedy
Running a Cinema
Animation & Artists Moving Image19217 mins
This animated insight into silent cinema-going is more fanciful than factual, and relishes in poking fun at the films of its time
The Crab That Played with the Sea
Children's198311 mins Location: South Shields
Poetic justice for a disobedient Crab in Sheila Graber’s delightful animation of Kipling’s fanciful origin story for children.
Steve's Cannon Crackers
Animation & Artists Moving Image19379 mins
Come on Steve! The 1930s comic strip carthorse both starts and stops a naval battle in this cartoon animated by Carl Giles