298. The Owl and the Pussycat – John Halas, Brian Borthwick

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SUMMARY: The famous Edward Lear nonsense poem of an owl and pussycat who get married is brought to life in vibrant 3D.

WHY IT’S HERE: Halas and Batchelor studios were always a very ambitious studio and with their adaptation of Edward Lear’s ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ they created a very early example of a 3D animation, for which they essentially had to make the cartoon twice, once for the left eye and once for the right. Accompanied by a slightly grating, whimsical musical reading of the poem, ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ is graphically astonishing, with the angular characters shapeshifting and jerking across the screen in a surrealist manner which perfectly complements the original poem. Keep a particular eye out for the pig, who contorts geometrically like no pig ever has before!

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