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An animated film about the British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who spearheaded numerous engineering marvels of the early 19th century... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Richard Briers ... Isambard Kingdom Brunel (voice)
Harry Fowler ... Narrator (voice)
Barbara Moore ... Queen Victoria (voice)

Angus Lennie ... (voice)
Peter Hawkins ... (voice)
Dick Graham ... (voice)
Imogen Claire ... (voice)
Cyril Shaps ... (voice)

Directed by
Bob Godfrey 
Writing credits
Richard Taylor (script) &
Bob Godfrey (script) &
Joseph McGrath (script) (as Joe McGrath) &
Robin Smyth (script) &
Paul Weisser (script)

Original Music by
Jonathan Hodge  (as Jonathan P. Hodge)
Cinematography by
Alan More 
Film Editing by
Tony Fish 
Peter Hearn 
Production Management
Hester Coblentz .... production supervisor
Art Department
Moo .... graphic designer
Mark Shepherd .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Ron Geesin .... sound effects: opening sequence
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Andrews .... camera operator: live action
Julian Holdaway .... animation camera
Kent Houston .... animation camera
Alan More .... camera operator: live action
Animation Department
Kevin Attew .... animator
Kevin Attew .... trace and paint artist
Anna Brockett .... background artist
Anna Brockett .... layout artist
Anna Brockett .... trace and paint artist
Gerry Capelle .... background artist
Gerry Capelle .... layout artist
John Challis .... animator
John Challis .... background artist
John Challis .... layout artist
Hester Coblentz .... animator
Ian Cowan .... background artist (as Iain Cowan)
Ian Cowan .... layout artist (as Iain Cowan)
Kate Cowan .... trace and paint artist (as Katherine Cowan)
Bob Godfrey .... animator
Bob Godfrey .... background artist
Bob Godfrey .... layout artist
Jeff Goldner .... animation director
Oscar Grillo .... background artist
Oscar Grillo .... character designer
Oscar Grillo .... layout artist
Graeme Jackson .... animator
Graeme Jackson .... background artist
Graeme Jackson .... layout artist
Christopher Jelley .... animator
Anne Jolliffe .... animation director
Moo .... animator
Denis Rich .... animator
Marianne Roof .... trace and paint artist
Mark Shepherd .... animator
Mark Shepherd .... background artist
Mark Shepherd .... layout artist
Editorial Department
Dave Sanders .... negative cutter
Other crew
Paul Weisser .... production assistant

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30 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The live-action railway footage used as the basis for one segment was used a few years later in unmodified form for a television ad in the US.See more »
Queen Victoria:Ah, Mr Brunel, what are you designing now? Something we shall find amusing, I trust?
Isambard Kingdom Brunel:How about something six times larger than anything like it before?
Queen Victoria:Oh, Isambard!
[Looks at blueprints. Disappointed]
Queen Victoria:Oh, it's a ship.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Great Indeed, 11 January 2010
Author: ( from London, England

This Oscar winning mini masterpiece is a cherished memory of many I'm sure. The dulcet tones of Richard Briars guide us through the incredible life of possibly the greatest ever Englishman, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The animation is very much reminiscent of Terry Gilliam's 'Monty Python' work and is accompanied by some really quite impossibly catchy songs along the way. The comedy has a very British feel to it, in fact it could easily have been titled 'Carry On Brunel', but is also at times serious and even poignant. This is an ideal way of tricking a young, awkward child into learning some important British history as it is simply a joy to watch time and again. It is actually available on YouTube but there is something like thirty seconds missing from the beginning..

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