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THE ART OF SMALLFILMS. {Cover title: The Art of Smallfilms: The Work of Oliver Postgate & Peter Firmin.} Four Corners Books, London, 2014. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 304 pp. with 320 ills. (274 col.). 29 x 27 cm. ISBN 9781909829022 In English.
Publisher's description: Working from a cowshed on a farm in Kent, Oliver Postgate (1925-2008) and Peter Firmin (born 1928) produced some of the best-loved British children's animated television of the 1960s and 1970s. Their iconic productions include Bagpuss (originally aired in 1974), The Clangers (1969-74), Ivor The Engine (1975-77), Pogles' Wood (1966-68) and Noggin The Nog (1959-65). Postgate and Firmin worked together from 1959 through the 1980s, creating popular, beloved characters that appealed to children and their parents alike, like the whistling, mousy Clangers (knitted by Firmin's wife Joan in bright pink wool) in outer space, the saggy, baggy cloth cat Bagpuss and the mild-mannered Viking boy Prince Noggin. Firmin painted the backdrops and created the models, and Postgate wrote scripts, did the stop-motion filming and frequently recorded the kindly, avuncular narration. This book, which includes a preface by Postgate's son Daniel, presents the Smallfilms archive: the puppets and cutouts from these shows (including some of the characters who didn't quite make the cut), along with insights into how they were created. The emphatically handmade models and painstakingly drawn illustrations that came to life in the Smallfilms productions are captured here in attentive, detailed photographs.
Artist(s):Smallfilms (firm); Postgate, Oliver; Firmin, Peter
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — Post-1945 — Video/Film/Performance, Several Media
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 166294
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