Richard Williams: 80 Animated Years

  • 115 mins

EIFF is honoured to welcome multi-award-winning animation legend Richard Williams to Edinburgh in celebration of his 80th birthday.

Canadian animator Richard Williams, famed for the Pink Panther and Roger Rabbit, moved to the UK during the 1950s, invigorating the British industry by distilling knowledge from veterans of the golden age of Hollywood animation. In partnership with Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, these short films, animated sequences and commercials make evident Williams’ incalculable contribution to the quality and reputation of British animation. This wonderful programme demonstrates his mastery of his craft and includes:

The Little Island, Richard Williams/UK/1958/32 min
The struggles of three characters obsessed with their visions of Goodness, Truth and Beauty leads to all out conflict. Williams self-funded his first independent short film which won a BAFTA for Best Animation among many international awards.

Love Me, Love Me, Love Me, Richard Williams/UK/1962/8 min
Described by Williams as a ‘private joke’ on commercials he was producing at the time, featuring the mercurial voice of the late Kenneth Williams. Its success gave Williams the confidence to establish his own commercial animation studio in Soho Square.

Christmas Carol, Richard Williams/USA/1971/26 min
Featuring the voices of Alistair Sim and Michael Hordern, this adaptation of Dickens’ classic is inspired by the original engraved illustrations which accompanied the stories first publication. Christmas Carol won the Academy Award for animation in 1972.

Circus Drawings, Richard Williams/UK/2010/9 min
This short personal film, inspired by Williams’ drawings of a small Spanish circus, began production in 1953 and was completed in 2010. The result is an adventure in time with the animator of today encountering himself as a young artist.

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