369. The Do-It-Yourself Cartoon Kit – Bob Godfrey

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SUMMARY: A mock advert for the Do-It-Yourself Cartoon Kit, which allows amateur animators to make cartoons in their own home.

WHY IT’S HERE: One of my favourite shorts by animation legend Bob Godfrey, this early animation by the great man is a hysterically funny satire on advertising in which a crude, cut-out animation of an announcer (voiced by ex-Goon Michael Bentine) guides viewers through the exciting new product, The Do-It Yourself Cartoon Kit, which allows amateur animators to make cartoons in their own home. As he outlines the contents of the kit, they constantly change and become more ridiculous and excessive, as does the price, the method of order and the address you have to write to. The animation technique seems like an obvious influence on Terry Gilliam’s animations for ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ and the style of humour seems like it may have influenced the Pythons themselves. It’s a very British absurdist short that I’ve loved since I first saw it.

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