The Animator’s Art
Free from commercial restraints, animators explore their art
After WWII, animation was increasingly recognised as a vital art form in its own right. Commercial work put food on their plates, but animators longed for creative freedom, and many production companies and determined animators created independent works in between paid gigs. Unshackled from commercial concerns, the resulting films were often daring in their pursuit of abstraction or personal expression. Meanwhile, many artists from other media have found that animation adds a vital new dimension to their work. But while such films were celebrated in their community they were rarely shown more widely. This collection showcases often hard-to-see examples of the animator's art at its purest and most individual.
13 Cantos of Hell
Animation & Artists Moving Image195520 mins
Follow Dante through Hell in this progressive silhouette animation with a musique concrète soundtrack by talented sculptor Peter King
Green Men, Yellow Woman
Animation & Artists Moving Image19734 mins
Even Clark Gable doesn’t live up to his image in this off-beat cartoon about a woman fed up with the attentions of little green men
Animation & Artists Moving Image195222 mins
Arachnophobes beware! This colourful allegorical abstraction of life from creation to near destruction casts greed as a giant spider
Damon the Mower
Animation & Artists Moving Image19724 mins
A stripped back animated masterpiece from the director of Yellow Submarine (1968), based on an poem by Andrew Marvell
Animation & Artists Moving Image19701 minsSilent
If you were electrocuted by a photocopier in the 70s and your life flashed before you, it might look a little something like this…
Animation & Artists Moving Image198023 mins
Innovative short that is equal parts Beckett, Gilliam, Orwell and life advice for the recently redundant. Yes, really.
Animation & Artists Moving Image19684 mins
An abstract poetic tale that tells both one and a thousand stories of love and loss, by a designer on The Beatles Yellow Submarine film
New Computer to help Animators
News19813 mins Location: Cambridge
Character animator Chris James, a Grierson Award nominee, chats to Anglia TV at the Cambridge Animation Festival in 1981.
Painter and Poet No. 1
Animation & Artists Moving Image19519 mins
“An experiment in words, music and paintings” two poems are illustrated for the BFI’s contribution to the Festival of Britain
Painter and Poet No. 2
Animation & Artists Moving Image19511 mins
Surreal journeys, stormy seas and macabre surprises await in this “experiment in words, music and paintings” made for the Festival of Britain
Animation & Artists Moving Image197613 mins
It’s all me, me, me – this experimental animation on the Self wittily wraps up Jung and old philosophies in a clever Paul Klee-inspired design
Painter and Poet No. 3
Animation & Artists Moving Image19516 mins
Henry Moore is among the contributors to this experimental mix of verse and illustration, commissioned by the BFI for the Festival of Britain
Animation & Artists Moving Image19682 mins
All aboard! Step on the psychedelic animation train with this film festival promo from the artists behind Yellow Submarine (1968)
Animation & Artists Moving Image19865 mins Location: Fulham
Iconic images by photo-pioneer Eadweard Muybridge come to life in this striking video collage.
Animation & Artists Moving Image19905 mins
Exploring the relationship between light and shade as expressed both in Nicholas Breton's (c1600) poem Time and Chopin's Berceuse in D flat.
Love Is All
Animation & Artists Moving Image19990 mins
In a winter wonderland with Deanna Durbin and the queen of the snow. A fairytale for the future, this perfectly pitched monochrome affection will have you yearning with immaculate desire.