Discover an animated portrait of Britain, brought to life frame by painstaking frame, with our latest free to view BFI Player archive collection – available as part of Animation 2018, a year-long celebration of animation
An animated portrait of a nation, brought to life frame by painstaking frame
Since the early 1900s a disparate array of artists in Britain have drawn, sculpted, snipped, stamped, posed, clicked and scratched their art into celluloid life. This collection surveys a stunningly rich history, from the age of the pioneers to the best commercial and independent animators, taking in home hobbyists bitten by the animation bug.
Through its own weird alchemy, animation can bring our wildest imaginings to life, and yet it can also be a powerful tool for exploring our everyday reality. Silly, surreal, sweet or caustic, this dizzyingly diverse selection showcases British animation’s unique contribution to the art form, and offers a history ripe for rediscovery.