Bob Godfrey

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Bob
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Godfrey
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Interview Number: 
158
Interview Date(s): 
10 Sep 1990
9 Mar 1995
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Duration (mins): 
100
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Britain’s first Oscar-winning animator Bob Godfrey's work ranged from the children’s TV cartoon “Roobarb” to mock-erotic movies like “Kama Sutra Rides Again”.

Godfrey, often referred to as “The Godfather of British Animation”, was born in Australia but educated in England and started his career as a graphic artist in London in the 1930s before gaining work in the film industry. 

He was the first British animator to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for his 1975 musical comedy “Great”, about civil engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. 

Godfrey was nominated three other times for Oscars, including for his 1971 short film “Kama Sutra Rides Again”, one of his mock-erotic exploitation films that focused on the hypocrisy of British attitudes towards sex.

He was best known for his children’s cartoons “Roobarb”, about a warring cat and dog, and “Henry’s Cat”. 

Among many, many other things in his career, including a long spell teaching animation, he was a special advisor on the Beatles cartoon film  Yellow Submarine.