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: closeupfilmcentre.com/vertigo_magazine/issue-23-february-2009/what-is-animation-bob-godfrey-in-conversation/.
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.
Bob Godfrey Films: bobgodfreyfilms.com
Director’s website: gmfilm.co.uk
Director’s commercial website: martinpickles.com