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Animation 2018

January 2018

In 2018 we celebrate animation in all its guises, from puppetry and stop-motion to anime and CGI.

Introduction by co-programmers Justin Johnson and Jez Stewart

Animation 2018

“All of a sudden it hit me – if there was such a thing as composing music, there could be such a thing as composing motion”
Len Lye

Throughout the year we will be showcasing the craft and creativity of animation in all its forms and genres, from cut outs, puppetry and stop-motion to anime and CGI. While British animation will be at the heart of this story, we will also be investigating international perspectives and inviting animators to join us in person to present their work. There will be previews, re-releases and panel discussions all designed to illustrate why this unique art form can achieve what its live-action counterpart can’t, and why, despite popular misconceptions, animation is just as much for adults as it is for children.


Animation 2018: The Films of Halas and Bachelor (February)

‘If you follow the history of the studio it is like a social and art history of Britain’
Vivien Halas

We continue our year of animation with a look at the work being produced closer to home.

America had Disney – the UK had Halas and Batchelor: both used animation to tell stories and played a crucial part in animation becoming a force to be reckoned with. This month we highlight the coming-of-age of British animation, with a screening of Britain’s first animated feature Animal Farm, and a focus on the film’s producers, husband and wife team, John Halas and Joy Batchelor. They also feature in the second part of our New History of British Animation, told through selected remastered shorts from the BFI National Archive, including work by George Dunning and Alison de Vere.

Justin Johnson and Jez Stewart


See our families’ screenings, including a preview of Early Man + Q&A with director Nick Park, and our preview of Coco + Q&A.

Why not visit our Mezzanine Gallery for a free exhibition on British animation?


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