What Is Animation?
(2014, 2’48”, HD)
Veteran British animator Bob Godfrey (1921-2013) answers the question “What Is Animation?” His answer is by turns witty, iconoclastic and insightful and all the while is acted out by a tiny man in a bowler hat.
This hand-drawn film is based upon an interview recorded by Martin Pickles in 2006 at Bob’s Acme Studio in South East London. You can read the rest of the interview here.
An earlier version of the film was made especially for the Bob Godfrey retrospective at the Bradford Animation Festival in November 2013. Meeting Bob Godfrey at Animafest Zagreb in 2004 inspired Martin to become a full-time animator and to study Animation at the Royal College of Art.
Narrator: Bob Godfrey
Here is an article about the film by Alex Widdowson for animateddocs.com
London Animation Club, London, 9th January 2018
London International Animation Festival, Barbican, London, 9th December 2015
Crystal Palace International Film Festival, 14th November 2015
Shorts in the South programme at Stanley’s Film Club, South Norwood, London, 4th November 2015
World Animation Celebration Short Films, Culver City, California, USA, 25th October 2015
Turbine Festival, Tate Modern, Saturday 25 July 2015
ANIMA MUNDI 2015, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from July 10th to 15, and in São Paulo, from July 17th to 22nd 2015
Night Of The Living Docs Programme, London Short Film Festival, Hackney Picturehouse, Hackney Attic, London, 12th January 2015
EUNIC – European Animation Week, Almaty, Kazakhstan, 14th-19th November 2014
An earlier version of the film was also shown at:
Nancy Phelps’ Annecy + screening during Annecy International Animation Festival, June 2014
The film is promoted by the British Council Film Department