This season the festival featured an english retrospective. The highlight was the Aardman Special Birthday. The famous Bristol animation company has already established a lengthy standing reference to the 35 years old Anima The city therefore the festival was the perfect place to start their yearlong Aardman 40th Special birthday.
Peter Lord and Morph required to the level with festival founder Phileppe Moins and Festival Director Doris Clevens. Peter was surprised having a giant birthday cake capped having a big blue world with Morph stand on the top from animation company Malaysia. Peter told the crowd “My exposure to Anima The city is essential and dear in my experience. Appreciate making me so welcome through a lot of years”. Another special surprise for Peter would be a short Exquisite Corps film produced in the festival over a few days by several Belgian computer animators featuring Aardman figures. The celebration came to the conclusion by having an hour lengthy choice of films produced in the famous studio varying in the Aardman original Cartoon produced through the studio’s founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton towards the top rated The Pearce Siblings, The Incorrect Pants along with other rarely proven short gems.
Peter Lord and Nancy toasting Aardman Studio’s birthday
The British Touch would be a trip to the mid 1980’s when, despite Margaret Thatcher’s austerity programs, funding for British animation company Malaysia received a lift because of Funnel 4 Television’s animation commission policy. A number of promising youthful computer animators for example Joanna Quinn, Craig Purves, The Quay Siblings, Alison Snowden and David Fine produced such classics as Quinn’s Girl’s Evening Out, Purves’ Screen Play, and Snowden and Fine’s Bob’s Birthday which received an Oscar on their behalf in the 67th Oscars. The witty, off beat portrait of Bob, the frustrated dental professional, wrestling together with his mid-existence crisis was the pilot for that popular tv series Margaret and Bob which ran for 4 seasons on BBC Funnel 4.