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    Timeshift: Oliver Postgate: A Life in Small Films



    This evening on BBC4 from 20:00 to 21:0

    A repeat showing of the Timeshift documentary about Oliver Postgate and his work with SmallFilms - including Bagpuss, the Clangers, Ivor the Engine and Noggin the Nog. Postgate's family and his co-creator Peter Firmin help to reveal the story behind his most celebrated characters, and the programme includes some rarely-seen archive footage. It also shows how Postgate's life was shaped by radical politics - which in turn influenced his classic creations.



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    Thanks a million, Steve.

    I was annoyed to have missed this first time around, so I will be watching wth interest tonight. I love the "home-made" feel of Oliver Postgate's films.



    name='Steve Crook']Timeshift: Oliver Postgate: A Life in Small Films



    This evening on BBC4 from 20:00 to 21:0

    A repeat showing of the Timeshift documentary about Oliver Postgate and his work with SmallFilms - including Bagpuss, the Clangers, Ivor the Engine and Noggin the Nog. Postgate's family and his co-creator Peter Firmin help to reveal the story behind his most celebrated characters, and the programme includes some rarely-seen archive footage. It also shows how Postgate's life was shaped by radical politics - which in turn influenced his classic creations.



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    It was only after seeing this that I found out about the political subtexts in his work. Who'd have thought it?

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    Yes a very interesting programme. He must have had the patience of a saint.

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    name='Stevie Gee']Yes a very interesting programme. He must have had the patience of a saint.
    Not as much as Nick Park and the chaps at Ardman Animation (Wallace & Gromit)



    All of the Small Films shows were done relatively quickly for stop frame animation. As they said in the documentary, they usually didn't bother with things like moving the mouth to fit the words being spoken



    See The Fast Show and their take on stop frame animation



    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUzSHvS8ac0"]YouTube- Fast Show - Animation Today[/ame]



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    The documentary on Postgate was fascinating. From someone who grew up with The Clangers and Ivor (In fact, I bought the DVD's after getting annoyed with the crap that's served up to kids on TV now).



    Such a shame to see CGI being used too much and stop-frame being slowly strangled to death. Even Thomas the Tank Engine isn't safe with the awful new versions.



    Anyone fancy a pint?

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