Legendary Animator Bob Godfrey Passes Away Aged 91

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Godfrey at his peak was an Oscar-winning film maker who took his statuette for his short film Great, which was a biography on the engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. However, he was by far and away best known his animation work on TV, which included drawing for shows like Roobarb and Henry’s Cat. The news of the death comes just days after his former colleague Richard Briers also passed away; the pair had worked together on Roobarb.

The Australian born animator had started his career in the 1950’s with Larkin Studio and began making early animations in the basement of the company’s building, including 1952’s Big Parade and Watch The Birdie. According to The Independent, Watch The Birdie was inspired by a Paul Klee painting. He also won a BAFTA for his animation Henry 9 To 5, a slightly risqué for the time film about British sexual habits.

Among his other claims to fame were four episodes of The Beatles animated television series based on the band, that he drew, as well as having some minor roles on Beatles films Help! In 1965 and Casino Royale in 1967. Among those who claimed they were influenced by Godfrey include Richard Williams, the animating director behind classic Disney film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

 


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