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Polygamous Polonius Revisited
A cartoon character assassination of the Iron Lady with a healthy dollop of lunacy from Bob “Roobarb” Godfrey
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1985 8 mins
I think it’s fair to say that Bob Godfrey was not a big fan of Margaret Thatcher. Long before he brought Roobarb and Henry’s Cat to life, Bob made the independent short Polygamous Polonius that told a nonsense tale of the courtship of a matronly art lecturer. A quarter of a century later he lifted the soundtrack and remade the film almost shot for shot but with a very different message. The male suitor now becomes a “miner” nuisance in Thatcher’s lecture on Britain, bringing barbed reminders of the political battlegrounds of the 1980s.
Children's 1974 7 mins
As the general election is held in the UK, it's polling day for the Clangers on a small blue planet far away.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1989 5 mins
Two virtuoso performances in one – Shakespeare's complete works presented in puppet form by a master of animation
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1977 24 mins
As sublime as it is silly, this ambitious animated short mixes a vision of a dystopian, tower block Britain with anarchic vaudeville humour
Children's 1975 9 mins
Don’t tell the Spotty man but Superted has a new friend. A stop motion predecessor of the superhero teddy idea
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1994 5 mins
What does it mean to be British? You might not have a much clearer idea after watching this animated portrait, but you will certainly be entertained
Promotional 2018 1 mins
Discover an animated portrait of Britain, brought to life frame by painstaking frame, with our free-to-view BFI Player archive collection - available as part of Animation 2018, a year-long celebration of animation
Documentary 2019 6 mins
A short documentary about a young girl who leaves home to join a travelling Fun Park in hopes of finding a new family.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2018 4 mins
Sleazy and vain Toast tries to win back an ex flame, the beautiful Egg, but the hideous Big Toast is now on the scene.
Drama 2019 4 mins
A female police officer sees more than she bargained for on her first tough day in the force.
Drama 2019 8 mins
Two old friends take a walk on a summer's afternoon and discover they have less in common than they thought.
Documentary 2020 4 mins
Three young women live in a society which has ingrained gender roles as law. They face the difficulties of being queer women in a close-knit religious society.
Drama 2019 10 mins
Vojta and Rami roam around Prague, witnessing the damage caused by mass tourism.