British Animation : The Channel 4 Factor
Clare Kitson celebrates one of the most creative sources of broadcast animation-Britain's pioneering Channel 4, winner of three Academy Awards for animation. In the 1980s and 1990s, Channel 4 flourished as a world champion of televised animation. The channel regularly showcased both British and international works, set up the Animate initiative with the Arts Council of England, and backed the animator-in-residence program hosted by the British Film Institute's Museum of the Moving Image. It commissioned innovative, challenging, left-of-center short films by artists such as the Brothers Quay and Ruth Lingford. Kitson, who served as Channel 4's commissioning editor from 1989 until 1999, helped foster the channel's growing reputation as a broadcasting powerhouse. In British Animation she takes a fond look back at this exceptional era.
- Paperback | 248 pages
- 208.28 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 725.74g
- 20 Feb 2009
- Indiana University Press
- Bloomington, IN, United States
- 100 color illus., 100 b&w illus.
Table of contents
Contents Introduction 1. Animation and TV 2. Before C4 3. The new channel 4. Uncharted territory 5. Animation gains a foothold 6. Four-Mations 7. Missionary zeal... 8. ... And pragmatism Some key works 1982 to 2006: The Snowman The Victor When the Wind Blows Street of Crocodiles The Black Dog Alice Girls Night Out Feet of Song Lip Synch: War Story Lip Synch:Creature Comforts Deadtime Stories for Big Folk: Deadsy and Door Secret Joy of Falling Angels A Is for Autism Screen Play The Mill Bob's Birthday The Sound of Music The Village Abductees Crapston Villas Many Happy Returns Pond Life Death and the Mother Silence The Man with the Beautiful Eyes Home Road Movies City Paradise Rabbit Peter and the Wolf 9. Changing contexts 10. Animation on the slide 11. Young blood 12. A future? Notes Bibliography Index
British Animation: The Channel 4 Factor takes a look at the glory years of Britian's Channel 4 and their dedication to bringing quality animation to television. Since 1982, they've aired works such as The Snowman, When the Wind Blows, Street of Crocodiles, Girls Night Out, Feet of Song, The Village, Creature Comforts, Screenplay, Bob's Birthday, Abductees, City Paradise, Rabbit and Peter and the Wolf. In addition to this amazing line-up of animation, the channel also set up the Animate initiative with the Arts Council of England, and backed the animator-in-residence program hosted by the British Film Institute's Museum of the Moving Image. The book, which will be published in February by Indiana University Press, should offer plenty of insider details because it's written by Clare Kitson, who was the commissioning editor at Channel 4 from 1989 until 1999. Channel 4 is one of the bright spots in TV animation history and I'm looking forward to learning more about the people and circumstances that made their artistic approach to TV animation possible.Amid Amidi, Cartoon Brew "Clare Kitson has written a characteristically engaging,pertinently-detailed and wrily-amusing study of the heydays of animated film in Britain, in the 1980s and 1990s as championed by the ground-breaking new national, commercial television Channel 4... The book should appeal to anyone at all drawn to animation, as a casual spectator, serious student,or professional practitioner." -Phillip Bergson's blog, Fest 21.com, 1/16/09 "The book... offer[s] plenty of insider details because it's written by Clare Kitson, who was the commissioning editor at Channel 4 from 1989 until 1999. Channel 4 is one of the bright spots in TV animation history..." -Amid Amidi, Cartoon Brew "A highly readable and informative insider account... This book could only have been written by this writer." -Ruth Lingford, Harvard University "Kitson... has written a humane and intimate history of the ups and downs of animation at the Channel, leavening it with just the right amount of dry wit, personal insight and anecdote." -fpsmagazine.com, June 25, 2009 "Clare Kitson, a former programmer for the National Film Theater and for Channel 4 in London, is our brilliant guide in this must-read look at some of the influential projects that have been produced in the [UK]." -Ramin Zahed, ANIMATION MAGAZINE, 7/24/09 "Beautifully produced... intelligent... captivating." -Sight & Sound, August 2009 "For fans of animation, certainly students, and for an account of the conflict between commercial and artistic concerns, this book is definitely worth a look..." -PopMatters "The present book lists most of C4's animated commissions, heavily buttressed with snippets of information and anecdotage and more lightly gilded with critical commentary, in roughly chronological order. Since the author was commissioning editor at the station for a decade, a certain celebratory note in respect of that perod is to be expected-and a certain dying fall as we come up to date unsurprising." -, July 31, 2009
About Clare Kitson
Clare Kitson is a former programmer for the National Film Theatre and for Channel 4 in London. She is author of Yuri Norstein and Tale of Tales: An Animator's Journey (2005; distributed by IUP). She lives in London, England.