The Art Of Smallfilms - The Work Of Oliver Postgate & Peter Firmin
Hardback: 320 pages
Publisher: Four Corners Books (Oct 2014)
Unfortunately, it seems all the major studios publish an 'Art of...' book to accompany every film they release purely as a cash-cow marketing necessity! Whilst the concept artwork is always undeniably stunning, there are so many to books/films to choose from it has inevitably all become a bit samey and stale.
It is hugely refreshing to see a publication of this nature delving into a tiny British animation production company, like Smallfilms, with the same visual indulgence as we've come to expect from the major studios. Jonny Trunk has trawled through the extensive Smallfilms archive, and presented the collection of lovingly crafted puppets, cut-out, props, artwork and studio relics, as if detailing some much-admired 20th Century art movement.
Fittingly released to coincided with the revival of Smallfilms (now with Oliver's son Daniel Postgate at the helm) and the announcement that The Clangers will be returning to our screens in 2015!
"Working from a barn in Kent, Postgate and Firmin produced some of the best-loved children's television of the 1960s and 1970s, including 'Bagpuss', 'The Clangers', 'Ivor The Engine' and 'Noggin The Nog'. This book presents the Smallfilms archive - the puppets and cut-outs from these series, along with insights into how they were made. It's a book full of pipe cleaners, cotton wool, wire and ping-pong balls, and celebrates the imagination and ingenuity of two artists who shaped the childhoods of a generation."