Animated Films

Digital cameras have made film animation technically and practically easier for children and teachers to work with and create; wonderful stuff. British pathe archive is chock full of examples of animated film including quite a few that show the magic of how drawings come 'alive' - fun and instructive - and of course many of the films have a social and political context to explroe as well. Here's 27 to start with!

School Film Unit

School Film Unit (1962)

A story about a school in Essex which produces its own films as part of the curriculum.

The 'what Next?' War Cartoon

The 'what Next?' War Cartoon (1916)

War-themed cartoon from 1916 - John Bull uses mad tank in warfare; Germans worried!

Ken Clark Animation

Ken Clark Animation (1924)

Early animation material - Pathe are looking after this for animation expert Ken Clark.

Popeye The Sailor Man

Popeye The Sailor Man "Cops Is Always Right" (1938)

Popeye cartoon from the collection of Ken Clark.

Rags For Salvage

Rags For Salvage (1942)

A Ministry of Information puppet animation trailer asking people to save their rags for the war effort

Awards For Film Students In Amsterdam.

Awards For Film Students In Amsterdam. (1967)

Excellent footage of Amesterdam film exhibition and quirky 'Clay' animation

2-Way Wrist Radio

2-Way Wrist Radio (1952)

Demonstration of new 2-way wrist radio as used by Dick Tracy. America.

Post Early Trailer

Post Early Trailer (1947)

Short animated trailer film encouraging people to post early for Christmas.

Run Adolf Run

Run Adolf Run (1940)

Cartoon about Adolf Hitler with parody of 'Run, Rabbit Run'.

Animal Farm AKA The Making Of 'animal Farm' Cartoon

Animal Farm AKA The Making Of 'animal Farm' Cartoon (1955)

Step by step creation of ONE frame of the cartoon 'The Animal Farm'.

Bones..Bones..Bones - Save Bones

Bones..Bones..Bones - Save Bones (1944)

Cartoon explains how bones are weapons of war.

The Skeleton In The Cupboard Save

The Skeleton In The Cupboard Save (1943)

Carton animation film appealing for people to salvage bones for the war effort.

Rhapsody In Steel

Rhapsody In Steel (1930)

Wonderful animation is used to illustrate the construction of Ford motor cars.

Feet

Feet (1970)

Odd and quickly cut shots of feet and shoes.

Lusitania Cartoon - The Sinking Of The Lusitania

Lusitania Cartoon - The Sinking Of The Lusitania (1915)

Wonderful Winsor McCay animation depicting the sinking of the Lusitania.

Adventures Of Felix The Cat - Felix Pinches The Pole

Adventures Of Felix The Cat - Felix Pinches The Pole (1924)

Felix visits the barber shop and when the barber's pole is stolen Felix sets out to find another.

Pen And Inklings  - Bobby Bumps' Disappearing Gun

Pen And Inklings - Bobby Bumps' Disappearing Gun

Animation featuring Bobby Bumps - this week he has a special gun which fires snowballs.

Silhouettes - Why's And Otherwise

Silhouettes - Why's And Otherwise (1928)

Animation which tells little stories by means of silhouettes.

Educated Mud!

Educated Mud! (1930)

Trick photography is used to show sculptures taking shape as if by magic.

Do You Know?  How To Draw

Do You Know? How To Draw (1931)

Instructions on how to draw a face, and illustration of the basics of animation.

Jerry The Troublesome Tyke First Episode

Jerry The Troublesome Tyke First Episode (1925)

Jerry is created - son of a nib and an inkpot! Sid Griffiths decides to teach him how to ride a horse.

Tax Collector

Tax Collector

Short section of film showing a cartoon by Poy taking shape.

Adventures Of Felix The Cat - Frolics At The Circus

Adventures Of Felix The Cat - Frolics At The Circus

Felix saves the day when a mouse frightens an elephant at the circus.

A Mortal Shock

A Mortal Shock (1950)

A short animated information film warning of the dangers of electric shocks.

Glasgow Trailer AKA Potato Harvest

Glasgow Trailer AKA Potato Harvest (1950)

A short animated trailer film encouraging Schoolchildren to help in the Scottish potato harvest.

The Adventures Of

The Adventures Of "Pongo The Pup" - Pongo Arrives

Pongo accidentally gets a role in a movie.

Armer Hansi - Canary Cartoon

Armer Hansi - Canary Cartoon (1940)

Brilliant cartoon telling story of a day's freedom of a canary.

Cobb

Cobb

Early sound cartoon which features a rather sinister song as a dog takes a chicken for a ramble!