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Peter's Picture Poems
A star-spangled sock on the nose for Kaiser Wilhelm, as this wordplay propaganda cartoon meets war crimes with pun-ishment
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1917 3 mins Silent
There's propagandistic punning aplenty in this WWI animated short. Turning "RUSSIA" into "U ASS" might not be the most sophisticated humour, but you can bet it got a laugh out of contemporary cinema audiences tired of three years of war. Director and animator Anson Dyer had moved into film early in 1915 after having trained as a stained glass artist, and would become a leading figure of British animation into the 1940s.
A Pencil and Alick P.F. Ritchie
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 1914 5 mins Silent
Cartoon drawings come to life to haunt the German Emperor in a witty piece of WWI propaganda.
Ever Been Had
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.
John Bull's Animated Sketch Book
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1916 10 mins Silent
The hand of the artist tweaks the nose of “Kaiser Bill” and friends in this episode from an early animated propaganda series
John Bull's Sketch Book
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1915 4 mins Location: Scarborough
This WWI cartoon rouses the British lion, bringing to life the December 1914 German Naval raid on Scarborough with visual flourishes.
The Lost Highway
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
Colour on the Thames
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
What's Missing from this Picture?
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
Fun at Rhyl
Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
Advert 1942 7 mins Silent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
Shippam's Three Beans
Advert 1955 1 mins
Operatic chickens, shrimps and salmon sing-a-long with a paste pot chorus in this vibrantly animated advert for Shippam's