These 15 minute animations were produced by Bob Godfrey to be broadcast on Channel 4 in the summer of 1985. In 'Beaks' Falklands residents Pete and Pauline Penguin face down Margaret Thatcher's youth policies. In 'Journalists' Harry Hardnose and Barry Blockhead discover the joys of union membership. The films were commissioned by Channel 4, who provided 90% of the funding, but despite being completed on time and on budget, they were never broadcast. The reason was entirely political (see below for further details). Never one to bear a grudge, Bob hung a wooden effigy of Thatcher from the top of his studio in Covent Garden. It was a huge honour and enormous fun to work with and learn from him. He died in February, aged 91.
A 15 minute animation for video. The harrowing story of Pete and Pauline, the YTS (Youth Training Scheme) Penguins in which the villains, Mr Great White and Mr Walrus, steal the show. Most of the training jargon they use is authentic.
Animation and production by Animation City
Producers: TURC Video (Birmingham Trade Union Resource Centre).
Voices: The Joeys, Robert Llewellyn, Jenny Lecoat
Two 15 minute animations produced by Bob Godfrey and TURC to be broadcast on Channel 4. In 'Beaks' Pete and Pauline return with radically altered hairstyles to face down Margaret Thatcher's youth unemployment policies. Mr Walrus is now a hi-tech entrepreneur, but his employment practice remains in the stone age. Both films were commissioned by Channel 4, who provided 90% of the funding. The remaining 10% came from the NUJ for 'The Journalist's Tale' and from West Midlands Council, Sheffield City Council, NALGO and the Greater London Council (which was abolished by the Thatcher government in 1987) for 'Beaks to the Grindstone'.
Despite being completed on time and on budget, neither film was actually broadcast. The reason was entirely political. Other than being released on video, the films were only ever shown at the Cambridge Animation Festival in 1985. When questioned during the same festival about their non-broadcast, the then controller of Channel 4, Jeremy Isaacs, said that he did not want a situation where the likes of Ken Livingstone could "buy airtime". Since neither Livingstone, the GLC, nor indeed any of the other sponsors, including Channel 4, had any influence over the script or the final edit, this seemed an odd thing to say.
Art Direction: Kevin Smith
Background and Layout: John Challis, Kev Smith, Malcolm Hartley
Animation: Rick Villeneuve, Jeff Goldner, Simon Ward Horner, Julian Gibbs, John Cousins, Malcolm Hartley, Paul Rosevear, Bridget Colgan Connor
Assistants: John Bennett, Julian Gibbs, Jimmy Farrington, Les Newstead
Animation Coordination and Supervision: Malcolm Hartley
Recorded at: The Barge
Margaret Thatcher: Sally Grace,
Big Bob: Bill Wallis,
Mr Walrus: Robert Llewellyn,
Pauline: Jenny Lecoat,
Harry Hardnose: Steve Bell,
Barry Blockhead: Bob Godfrey
Editors: Tony Fish and Peter Hearn at Picturehead
Camera: Roy Watford
Laboratories: Studio Film Labs
Dubbing: Mag Masters
Titles: Kev Smith/ Lofty Titles
Background Artwork: Kev Smith and Steve Bell
Trace and Paint: Sidney Parsons, Denise Hambry, Lou Catling, Beryl Godfrey, Angela Bristow, Lucy Elvin, Jean Ashby, Pat Petronio, Pat Shaverien, Stephanie Peate, Kate Cowan, Wendi Ellis, Christine Dawe, Sue Way, Simon Moon, Sarah Malthouse,Tracy Paint, Lynn Anderson
Made at Bob Godfrey Films, Neal Street, Covent Garden, London WC1
Directed by Steve Bell and Bob Godfrey
Written by Steve Bell
Produced by Dave Rushton
Assistant Producer: Rose Shepherd
Production Manager: Mike Hayes
'Beaks to the Grindstone' sponsored by: Channel 4, the GLC (Greater London Council), Mest Midlands County Council, Sheffield City Council, NALGO (National and Local Government Officers Association)
'The Journalist's Tale' sponsored by: Channel 4 and the NUJ (National Union of Journalists
Three one minute animations produced by Bob Godfrey and the BBC for comedy series 'Hello Mum!', broadcast on BBC1.
Directed by Bob Godfrey and Steve Bell
Producer: Jamie Rix
Voices: Sally Grace, Clive Mantle and Nick Wilton
A three minute animation on the US involvement in Nicaragua, produced by Bob Godfrey and Channel 4 for broadcast on the 'Comment' Review of the Year 1987 slot after C4 News.
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Voice: Howard Stableford
Piano: Nik Kok
Musical Director: Steve Hall
Animation: Louise Harding, Steve Roberts, Neil Salmon
Camera: Heather Reader
Produced at: Bob Godfrey Films, Kings Cross Rd, London WC1
Directed by: Steve Bell
Cartoons Copyright © Steve Bell 1987
Comment Review Produced by: Andrew Curry
Copyright © Channel 4 1987
A series of animatics drawn by Steve Bell, written by Stan Hay and produced by the BBC for 'Standing Room Only', broadcast on BBC1.
Animation: Malcolm Hartley and Steve Roberts
A series of one minute puppet animations produced by Steve Bell for 'Big Mouth' series, produced by Rapido, broadcast on BBC2.
A series of five three minute animations produced by Bob Godfrey and Channel 4 and broadcast in the 'Comment' slot after C4 News on the twentieth anniversary of her coming to power.
Alderman Roberts et al: Jon Glover
Bob Godfrey, Kevin Baldwin, Alastair McIlwain,Oliver Brown, Dennis Sisterson, John Cousins, John Challis
Bob Godfrey, Oliver Brown
Rowland Lee, Peter Baikie
Digital Ink and Paint:
Jeff Goldner and Rhodri Cooper at Animation Post
Archive Footage courtesy of:
ITN and British PathÃ©
Copyright © in original cartoons:
A Bob Godfrey Production for Channel 4
Copyright © Channel Four Television Corporation MCMXCIX