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R.I.P. Bob Godfrey

22 February 2013 9:39 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Britain’s first Oscar-winning animator Bob Godfrey, whose work ranged from the children’s TV cartoon Roobarb and the BAFTA-winning Henry’s Cat to mock-erotic films like Kama Sutra Rides Again, died Thursday at the age of 91. Born in Australia (née Roland Frederick Godfrey), he was educated in England where he began his career as a graphic artist in the 1930s. During World War II he served in the Royal Marines and afterward seized an opportunity to work in animation that eventually lead to a collaborative animated film produced in 1952 at a cost of £10 and entitled The Big Parade. Godfrey’s crew — Jeff Hale, Keith Learner, and later Nancy Hanna and Vera Linnecar — decided to set up their own studio, making some of the first commercials for ITV. The Guardian described him as the godfather of British animation. In addition to winning the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for his 1975 musical comedy Great, »

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Roobarb animator Bob Godfrey dies aged 91

22 February 2013 5:26 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Man responsible for Henry's Cat and Noah and Nelly passes away just five days after Richard Briers, narrator of Roobarb

Bob Godfrey, animator of the much-loved cartoons Roobarb and Henry's Cat, has died aged 91. Godfrey died just five days after Richard Briers, 79, who narrated the successful series.

During a career spanning 50 years, Godfrey's successes also included the children's classic Noah and Nelly in … Skyl-Ark. He won an Oscar for his short film Great, a tongue-in-cheek biography of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and was awarded three Baftas and an MBE. He also presented the BBC's The Do It Yourself Animation Show. Born in Australia, but educated in east London, his "adult animations" included Henry 9 to 5 and Kama Sutra Rides Again.

Custard, the cat from the cartoon Roobarb, was among his best-loved creations. The 1974 cartoon about a warring cat and dog, with its memorable theme tune, attracted a cult following.

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Bob Godfrey obituary

22 February 2013 4:08 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Animator of Henry's Cat and Roobarb, he won an Oscar for his short film Great

Bob Godfrey, who has died aged 91, was the godfather of British animation, celebrated for short films including the initially banned Kama Sutra Rides Again (1972) and the Oscar-winning Great (1975) as well as his children's TV series Roobarb (1974), narrated by Richard Briers, and the Bafta-winning Henry's Cat (1982-93), narrated by Bob. His seemingly simple drawings drew their strength from posture and gesture and his constant innovations in style were the result of shoestring budgets. He was in every way a true amateur film-maker who produced, directed, animated, acted in and did the voiceovers for his films. His influence on leading animators cannot be overestimated: Richard Williams (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) worked in his basement; Terry Gilliam made his Monty Python animations overnight in Bob's studio, as he could not afford his own place; and Nick Park credits The Do-It-Yourself Animation Show, »

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Bob Godfrey obituary

22 February 2013 4:08 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Animator of Henry's Cat and Roobarb, he won an Oscar for his short film Great

Bob Godfrey, who has died aged 91, was the godfather of British animation, celebrated for short films including the initially banned Kama Sutra Rides Again (1972) and the Oscar-winning Great (1975) as well as his children's TV series Roobarb (1974), narrated by Richard Briers, and the Bafta-winning Henry's Cat (1982-93), narrated by Bob. His seemingly simple drawings drew their strength from posture and gesture and his constant innovations in style were the result of shoestring budgets. He was in every way a true amateur film-maker who produced, directed, animated, acted in and did the voiceovers for his films. His influence on leading animators cannot be overestimated: Richard Williams (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) worked in his basement; Terry Gilliam made his Monty Python animations overnight in Bob's studio, as he could not afford his own place; and Nick Park credits The Do-It-Yourself Animation Show, »

- Stan Hayward

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