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51387: John Bull's Animated Sketchbook No 15

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Short, humorous stop-frame animation propaganda film made for British Home Front audiences during the First World War. The film consists solely of a series of animated jokes, drawn and lettered directly onto the screen by ""our famous artist"" The artist's hand is shown (speeded up) as a scene is drawn with a brush, and then inhabited by animated cut-outs, moved frame-by-frame. The illustrations are in a comic style similar to Bruce Bairnsfather. The artist interjects comments on his own performance, eg ""I receive remuneration for doing this sometimes"""A little encouragement would oblige"" etc. The principal animated episodes are as follows.""Exclusive view of the countless prisoners captured by the Germans"" - the prisoners are moving dummies on an endless belt operated by the Kaiser himself.""In the remainder of the front there is nothing to report"" - it is a shirt front.""Zeppelin reconnoitring over Greece"" - a fly and a bowl of dripping.""The German Fleet sails out to meet the British"" - a change of perspective reveals the drawing to be of houses, chimneys and telegraph poles - ""Sorry my mistake"""An explanation of the expression 'Curtain Fire'"" - a curtained window beside a fireplace:""See the point?" - a gimlet or corkscrew.""A moon " A star " Two stars " Three stars"" - the three stars are on a bottle which the moon drinks, becoming drunk and then ""Whoa Emma " I'm off home"" setting.""Last night we gained three metres: Berlin"" - three German soldiers cross the screen then return, each carrying a gas meter.""Another Zeppelin destroyed"" - a caricature Charlie Chaplin in a wheelchair ultimately defeats the Zeppelin by having it tie itself in knots

History

Identifier

5736.mp4 | IWMFILM1216-low.mp4

Subject

Allied Forces | Fighting Men | Home Front | Portrait | Propaganda | War in the Air

Creator

Ruffell's

Date

Jul-16

Date Created

01/07/1916

Temporal Date

31/07/1916

Spatial

England

Source

DVD copy of original film

Medium

DVD copy of original film

Type

Footage

Contributor

Alisa Miller

Rights

The Imperial War Museum

Collection ID

IWM 1216

Repository Name

Imperial War Museum Film and Video Archive

Repository Address

Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ, UK

Publisher

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive

Producer

Cartoon Company