Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Roobarb and Bob

The late great Bob Godfrey...R.I.P.

The Oscar was for Great, an animated musical about Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1975, when he became the first British animator to receive one.

It's a sad coincidence to lose the great animator Bob Godfrey a week after the death of Richard Briers, the man who gave a voice to Roobarb. It was perfect after-school viewing for a generation of 70s kids (and parents) – a great riff on that classic cartoon set-up: a dog and a cat. With its famous wobbly lines and shimmering felt-tip backgrounds, Roobarb had a deceptive charm, set in a world that almost felt like it could have stepped out of a school art class; but of course, it took a master animator to make it look so simple.

Also Henrys Cat....


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