Thursday, 23 August 2012

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves - 75th anniversery

I've just caught on to the fact that Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is available in its entirety on YouTube - in HD. Time for a reappraisal!

It must be over 40 years since I last saw this movie, and I suspect that many of the current generation of animators have never seen it. They really should! Some might say that animation styles have moved on a bit, but not entirely for the better in my opinion. And it's unbelieveable that this 1937 feature has production values as good, or better, than most current animated films. They really cared back then: ten art directors are credited, and it really shows.

But don't take my word for it. Make a cuppa, draw the curtains, click this link and hit full screen. It's more than an animation history lesson.

Friday, 20 July 2012


Another high school animation project with the IdeasFoundation, this time partnering with the National Literacy Trust with the aim of encouraging children to read.
A perky script was developed under the guidance of scriptwriter David Hanson (Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Grange Hill) with sound recording by ITV producer Lee Mann, all skilfully project-managed by The Ideas Foundation’s Anna Frew.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Odd noises

I can't believe I've worked in animation for 20 years and only just attended my first voice-record.

It was a sightly unusual one.

Gina & Stella

Gina & Stella is a short film I animated over ten years ago now, directed by Sarah Ball, who I worked with on Bob the Builder and Chuggington. It's good to watch it again and see that the animation style still seems just as daft and over-the-top as I intended at the time!

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Rise of the cybernetic robo-turtle

Meet Wilbur, star of the school stop motion project I'm currently tutoring.
With a day job in CG animation, it's not often I get to mess around with latex and papier mache, so I'm having fun with it.

Wilbur hides a dark secret inside his shell, but you'll have to watch the film to discover what it is. And before you can do that, the pupils of The Derby High School and I have to finish making it. Two more days to go in our three-day shoot!

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Monday, 12 March 2012

Dawn of the cybernetic robo-turtle

I'm gearing up for another education project with the Ideas Foundation, producing a short stop-motion film in collaboration with Derby High School in Bury. These mood-boards have already fired me up to start building the characters. What could be more fun to build than an evil book-eating cybernetic robo-turtle?