Fifty years ago, Halas and Batchelor released Animal Farm, Britain's first full length feature film.

To celebrate this anniversary, Phill Jupitus has been finding out what makes our animators tick.

Among the industry titans on display are Bob Godfrey, the inspiring force behind Roobarb and Custard, and Britain's first Oscar winner in 1975; Aardman's founder Peter Lord, who with his partner began experimenting with plasticine on the kitchen table because neither of them could draw; and the Clangers' creator Oliver Postgate, who reveals the nifty Meccano motor which powers his all-conquering Bolex camera.


Broadcast Details

  • First broadcast 20041007

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