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Giro the Germ Episode 1
The germs in this silent 1920s cartoon seem to have caught the Flapper bug
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1927 8 mins Silent
By 1927 the Flapper craze seems to have even reached the germs in your bin. This Health and Cleanliness Council cartoon features animation that is both primitive and progressive. Sprinkled throughout are rotoscoped scenes where the movements of real dancers have been traced onto animated characters, giving some of these germs a rather loveable flapper charm. Four “Giro” films were made between 1927 and 1936, with the last Giro – Fast and Loose (also on the Player) revealing a completely different style and full use of sound
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1915 6 mins Silent
Animated WWI-era comic highlights from the innovative cartoonist George Studdy, creator of Bonzo the dog.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1915 5 mins Silent
An edible bomb is cooked by the Kaiser in this fun WWI cartoon, which mixes propaganda with fantasy as a boy's dreams turn into nightmares.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1915 7 mins Silent
More chalk-talker than pencil-pusher, this popular artist recreates his cartoons for the screen with flashes of added animation.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1917 9 mins Silent
Blackly comic cartoon portrait of an apocalyptic England, destroyed 50 years after signing a premature peace in WWI.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1915 1 mins Silent
Pioneering visual graphics – with added cotton wool – recreate an incendiary WWI incident involving a stricken British submarine.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1917 3 mins Silent
A star-spangled sock on the nose for Kaiser Wilhelm, as this wordplay propaganda cartoon meets war crimes with pun-ishment
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.