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A dancing radio stops partying to transmit an announcement on fuel conservation in this WWII cartoon short
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1944 1 mins
Ever wondered what the radio got up to when you left the room? Well, in WWII it apparently took a Fuel Flash - a short public information broadcast - to stop your wireless from grooving away to the latest tracks. Halas & Batchelor was a British animation studio that excelled at anthropomorphising everyday objects to deliver a serious message such as fuel saving in a concise and friendly manner.
Animation Goes to Work
Public Information Filler 1973 1 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?
Filling the Gap
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1942 5 mins
No time to veg out – there's a war on. Get your vegetables out!
Is This a Record?
Comedy 1973 22 mins
Pythons join Frank Muir, Connie Booth and Willie Rushton celebrating the Guinness Book of Records.
A Mug's Game, Or, How to Squash a Lemon Head
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1967 4 mins
Yo-yo, Pogo and Splat (guess which one's the lemon head?) feature in this innovative stop-motion railway safety film
The Princess and the Wonderful Weaver
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1968 12 mins
It’s the 60s – what better way to sell wool than animating a spurious fable about a mile-high naked princess?
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1969 6 mins Location: Liverpool
An animated call to arms against factory closures on Merseyside, mixing Terry Gilliam-style stomping feet with agitprop angst.
Grounded on the Platters: HMS Conway
Home movie 1953 7 mins Silent Location: Anglesey/Ynysmôn
A sorry end to any ship: timings, tide and wind played their part in pushing HMS Conway onto the Platters rocks in the Menai Strait on 14/4/1953.
Exeter Real Ale Festival
News 1975 3 mins Location: Exeter
The wet and warm ale goes down a treat as aficionados gather to celebrate real ale.
Home movie 1955 8 mins Silent Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn
Sea pinks and samphire, lighthouses and church ruins – Llanddwyn’s charms are many and varied.
News 1979 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Experimentation with a coat for two leaves couples with really no escape.
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music
News 1970 2 mins Location: Shepton Mallet
Progressive gathering of festival goers hits the blues.
Dawson: Lower Penn Show
Home movie 1954 4 mins Silent Location: Lower Penn
Another blustery summer day in the 1950s and it's Lower Penn's carnival parade.