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Mr Putty Takes the Stage

Part animation - part live action - part instructional film from Douglas Butcher on 'The moulding of a character in Plasticene'. Made in 1958.

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1958 18 mins

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Playful and mischievous; as the filmmaker sleeps, his clay characters come to life! Douglas Butcher made this film in the nineteen fifties at the time of a claymation revival; the nineteen fifties saw a growth in clay animation in children’s television, and in the movies of the legendary Ray Harryhausen. An accomplished amateur filmmaker from Essex (check out the feature wall of certificates in the film!) Butcher made both live action and animated short films.