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Animation

Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model, and then photographing the result. When the frames are strung together and the resulting film is viewed at a speed of 16 or more frames per second, there is an illusion of continuous movement (due to the persistence of vision). Generating such a film is very labour intensive and tedious, though the development of computer animation has greatly sped up the process. Here Alice has assembled all the very best of this craft; scroll below alphabetically or search using the sub-categories in green on the left. 'Family Animation', 'Classic Animation', 'Cult Animation' or 'JapanAnime'. Right: Nick Park's endearing Wallace and Gromit.

Gumby: Volume One - The 50s and 60s (1964)

7.2/10
Starring: Gumby

Gumby is the instantly recognisable little green clay boy whose wild adventures have enthralled children since the 1950s - and continue to do so to th... Read more

The Original Pink Panther Cartoon Collection (1964)

Director: Various
Starring: Mel Blanc

Thanks to a last minute hunch of Blake Edward's and the DePatie-Freleng animation team, the suave, sophisticated and literal feline, the 'Pink Panther... Read more

Beetle Bailey (1963)

6.9/10

Cartoonist Mort Walker's not-so gung-ho private Beetle Bailey stars in these hilarious adventures full of animated military mayhem. Your funny bone wi... Read more

The Incredible Mr Limpet (1963)

6.5/10
Director: Arthur Lubin
Starring: Don Knotts, Andrew Duggan, Jack Weston, Larry Keating, Carole Cook

Based on the novel by Theodore Pratt, this quaint little fantasy features a combination of live-action and animated effects. Henry Limpet (Don Knotts)... Read more

The Sword in the Stone (1963)

7.2/10
Director: Wolfgang Reitherman
Starring: Rickie Sorensen, Sebastian Cabot

The animated version of the King Arthur legend from the studios of Walt Disney, as based on the book by Theodore H. White. 'A thorough delight, the so... Read more

The Jetsons: Season 1 (1962)

7/10
Director: Various

Meet George Jetson...an ordinary man who lives with his family and their robot maid, in the future. The space-age counterpart to the stoneage Fred Fl... Read more

Fireball XL5: The Complete Series (1962)

7.5/10

Before the 'Thunderbirds', there was 'Fireball XL5', legendary producer Gerry Anderson's original supermarionation series! Commanding this incredible... Read more

Top Cat: The Complete Series (1961)

7.2/10
Director: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

The coolest cat in town is here with his kitty cohorts, always on the look-out for a profitable swindle, despite Officer Dibble's best efforts. TC an... Read more

101 Dalmatians (Disney) (1961)

7.2/10
Director: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman
Starring: Rod Taylor, Lisa Davis, Cate Bauer

The Walt Disney charmer concerning a family of Dalmatians which run afoul of the deliciously evil Cruella De Vil. In keeping with the jazzier soundtra... Read more

101 Dalmatians (Disney) (Copy) (1961)

7.7/10
Director: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman
Starring: Cate Bauer, Lisa Davis, Rod Taylor

The Walt Disney charmer concerning a family of Dalmatians which run afoul of the deliciously evil Cruella De Vil. In keeping with the jazzier soundtra... Read more