SUMMARY: WWII Veteran Bill Perry relates reminiscences about Bristol during The Blitz.
WHY IT’S HERE: Produced by Aardman Animations for Channel 4, ‘War Story’ was one of five short animations that made up the ‘Lip Synch’ series. Intended to be based around the idea of recorded dialogue, as with the previous ‘Conversation Pieces’ the studio had produced, the ‘Lip Synch’ series strayed a little from the format as Aardman founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton encouraged other Aardman staff to direct their own pieces. Lord’s own ‘War Story’, however, sticks rigidly to the original pitch, with the dialogue all coming from a recording of an actual war veteran, Bill Perry, reminiscing about his youth during the Blitz. Perry’s engaging and funny narration is coupled with the usual high quality animation associated with Aardman. The result is another winning and popular short which was somewhat overshadowed by one of Lord’s own protégés Nick Park’s contribution to the Lip Synch series, ‘Creature Comforts’, which went on to become one of the most famous pieces of animation ever.