482. Great – Bob Godfrey

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SUMMARY: An animated biopic of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

WHY IT’S HERE: Bob Godfrey’s ‘Great’ is an animated biopic of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It not only introduced me to the history of this amazing man, it also introduced me to the animation of Bob Godfrey, whose work I’ve come to love. 6 great musical numbers are set to various different types of animation which builds up into a condensed but informative biography of Brunel. Songs range from celebrations of Brunel’s work to songs about the things he didn’t invent (among them the violin, heroin and Golden Shred!) and an ode to his “bloody great big top hat”. Shot through with Godfrey’s prominent, very British and sometimes gleefully crude sense of humour, ‘Great’ is a cracking cartoon that I’ve loved since the first time I saw it. The Academy agreed, awarding it the Animated Short Oscar for its year.

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