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Animated comedy comes to UK TV

March 29, 2010 in General

Clips from the animated show. Warning: contains rude stuff

The Ricky Gervais Show, in which the comedian’s popular podcasts are brought to visual life with animation, comes to British TV next month.

The HBO show, which features Stephen Merchant, co-creator of The Office, and Karl Pilkington, their friend and former producer from the duo’s days at XFM, will be screened on Channel 4 from April 23.

The animation style is clearly a nod to the cartoons of the Hanna-Barbera studio, with Gervais himself bearing more than a passing resemblance to Fred Flintstone.

The idea of setting animation to existing comic material has been around for some time. Readers with long memories may remember the same thing being done with Jasper Carrott’s I’ve Got This Mole routine. The combination produces something that is very different, sitting halfway between live comedy and regular animated cartoons.

Meanwhile, the BBC reports that the Ricky Gervais Show is to get a second series on US TV.

Cartoonist Ray Lowry has died

October 16, 2008 in General

Cartoonist Ray Lowry has died. Report from the BBC

UPDATED: 17th October
Lasting Tribute has a piece on Ray Lowry here

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Beryl Cook

May 28, 2008 in General

Artist Beryl Cook, a painter with a cartoonists’ sensibility for accurate observation from life, has died. The The BBC has a slideshow of her images here which are from a gallery exhibition for her 80th birthday made in 2006. There are also formal obituaries from the Telegraph and the Guardian as well as a short piece about her pictures of women at play.
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February 25, 2008 in General

Well, it didn’t win the prize for best animated feature at the Oscars, but perhaps it should have. If you haven’t already taken a look at Marjane Satrapi’s film, Persepolis which is about growing up Iran during the 1980s, here is another short chance to explore. It is due to open in some British cinemas in April.

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Cartoon film sans CGI animals nominated

January 23, 2008 in General

Something a bit different is competing alongside the usual anthropomorphic antics in the Best Animated Film category at this year’s Oscars.

Persepolis, a black and white adaptation of two graphic novels by Marjane Satrapi, will be competing alongside the CGI-animated blockbusters Ratatouille and Surf’s Up, it was announced yesterday.

Which means that a French film about a girl who comes of age during the Islamic revolution in Iran is up against a story about a rat who becomes a chef, and a bunch of surfing penguins.

Persepolis is released in the UK in April, and judging from the above trailer it certainly looks like a pretty unique piece of work.

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Early animated cartoons screened

January 16, 2008 in General


While you’re waiting for the Shrewsbury International Cartoon Festival, here’s another event to consider. Slapstick 2008 must surely be one of the first festivals of the year, of any variety, as it takes place from January 17-20. If you’ve not heard much about it, that’s possibly because it’s a festival of silent comedy.

Now in its fourth year, the Bristol festival will feature “Pencil and Plasticine” a look at early silent cartoons hosted by the Aardman Animation co-founder Peter Lord. Extracts screened will include early Disney, work by Willis O’Brien and the unforgettable Jerry the Troublesome Tyke (above).

For more information visit the Slapstick 2008 website

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