A History of British Animation


4:30 PM to 5:45 PM


Wexner Center Film/Video Theater

1871 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43210

(614) 292-3535

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Organized by the British Film Institute, this program of short animated works provides a thoughtful and eclectic survey of Britain’s contribution to the field from 1907 to 1998. Highlights include Walter R. Booth’s pioneering stop-motion film The Sorcerer’s Scissors (1907), Lawrence Wright’s World War II propaganda cartoon Adolf’s Busy Day (1940), Yellow Submarine director George Dunning’s painterly The Ladder (1967), and Joanna Quinn’s caustic history of the British Empire Britannia (1993). (program 75 mins., DCP)

Program lineup

The Sorcerer’s Scissors (Walter R. Booth, 1907)

Animated Doll and Toy Town Circus (G. A. Smith, 1912)

Ever Been Had? (Dudley Buxton, 1917)

Booster Bonzo; Or, Bonzo in Gay Paree (1925)

Shadows (Joe Noble, 1928)

Fox Hunt (Hector Hoppin and Anthony Gross, 1936)

Adolf’s Busy Day (Lawrence Wright, 1940)

Do It Yourself Cartoon (Biographic, 1959)

Transformer (Trickfilms, 1968)

The Ladder (George Dunning, 1967)

Mr. Pascal (Alison De Vere, 1979)

Night Club (Jonathan Hodgson, 1983)

Britannia (Joanna Quinn, 1993)

The Queen’s Monastery (Emma Calder, 1998)