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Animation 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.


Richard Williams Framed Roger Rabbit (November)

“I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way”
Jessica Rabbit

There’s so much for you to get animated about over the next couple of months. Coming up, we unveil the long anticipated BBC-Netflix co-production focusing on the rabbits of Watership Down. We also showcase some new work created on the back of a special BFI and BBC partnership, and a new documentary commissioned by BBC4 to tie in with our year of animation. And one of the most important animation voices of all time, Richard Williams, turned 85 this year so we celebrate with him returning to the BFI to talk about Who Framed Roger Rabbit and his unfinished masterpiece The Thief and the Cobbler. We also champion the work of the great Bob Godfrey.

Festive Family Favourites (December)

“You know, I think this Christmas thing is not as tricky as it seems!”
Jack Skellington

We mark this festive month with a combination of Christmas and Raymond Briggs. Animated films Father Christmas and The Snowman have become synonymous with festive British TV and we play them together, alongside a rarely seen Oscar®-winning classic by Richard Williams, whose 85th birthday we celebrated last month. We don’t need any reason to play The Nightmare Before Christmas – it’s a great example of design, music and beautiful stop-motion from the incredible mind of Tim Burton. We also celebrate the life of Roger Mainwood by playing Ethel & Ernest.

Justin Johnson and Jez Stewart


See our Families screenings and our Christmas comedies.


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