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Thud and Blunder in Knock off Time
Miners' safety training - marked by stylish animation and gallows humour.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1964 2 mins
Gallows humour and stylish graphics are the hallmarks of this animated training film. Hapless (i.e. bone stupid) miners Thud and Blunder starred in a whole series of cartoons produced for the National Coal Board's 1963-4 in-colliery safety campaign. In this episode, it's our heroes' misuse of underground conveyor belts that brings them grief.
The cartoons were produced for the NCB by production company TV Cartoons, headed by the artistically respected Canadian animator George Dunning. This item is typical of the company’s Coal Board commissions: visually fluent, wordless, witty, basic and brief.
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Public Information Filler 1973 1 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1973 1 mins
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Comedy 1973 22 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1967 4 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1968 12 mins
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1969 6 mins Location: Liverpool
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Amateur film 1974 11 mins Location: Hayling Island
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Netley Marsh Steam Engine Rally 1976
Amateur film 1976 4 mins Silent Location: Netley Marsh
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Amateur film 1966 7 mins Silent Location: Hove
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Amateur film 1969 4 mins Silent Location: Fulking
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Amateur film 1967 4 mins Silent Location: Southend Pier
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