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011Dog by Suzie Templeton

Dog is the powerful story of a father and son struggling to come to terms with death. It won a long list of international awards, including the 2002 BAFTA for best animated film.

In 2007, Suzie Templeton went on to win an Academy Award from her brilliant adaptation of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

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008The Street by Caroline Leaf

The National Film Board of Canada helped Caroline Leaf become one of the most experimental animators of her generation. Her techniques include photographing sand on a lightbox and scratching on 70mm colour film.

My personal favourite of hers is The Street (1975), where she mixed paint with glycerine. This created a blotchy and out-of-proportion childishness to the images, which suited the voice of the young Jewish boy who was waiting for his grandmother to die, so he could get her room.
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005Conversation Pieces by Aardman

When Channel 4 was established in 1981, it made a point of funding and distributing experimental material.

Arguably its most significant contribution was the support of Aardman Studios for Conversation Pieces, a five part series which lip synced over real life conversations. Founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton directed four of these (all available under this post), but the most successful was Creature Comforts directed by Nick Park, which won an Academy Award in 1990.

After that he went on to produce several critically acclaimed and oscar winning feature-length animated films and drove Aardman Studios to become the face of British animation.

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002Hedgehog in the Fog by Yuriy Norshteyn

Hedgehog in the Fog (1975) is probably the most celebrated piece of Russian animation.

In several international polls, it has been voted the “Number 1 Animated film of all the time”. In Kiev, there is a statue of the main character and in 1988 it appeared on a Russian stamp.

It is a beautiful piece and a tribute to Yuriy Norshteyn’s legendary perfectionism. A virtue which has earned him the label, “The Golden Snail”. Since 1981, he has been working on his feature length adaptation of The Overcoat. He has, apparently, just 25 minutes complete.

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