07 Aug Animation Innovation

When it comes to dominance in the field of animation, Japan and the USA usually get most of the credit for groundbreaking characters and massively popular franchises. This severely maligns the contributions of many other talented industries, foremost among them the UK. Many of the most beloved cartoon characters of the past 50 years are British. Here are Panrimo’s Top 7: 7) The Snowman [caption id="attachment_979" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Do you wanna build a snowman?[/caption] http://www.sfsymphony.org/SanFranciscoSymphony/media/Library/Artist-Images/S/Snowman_480x270.jpg?width=480&height=270&ext=.jpg Long before Elsa took over as the Snow Queen, the reigning power of the winter wonderland was a friendly, carrot-nosed snowman who never uttered a single word. Anyone who has seen this British film can attest to the childlike joy that the flight over the forest evokes. C’mon, you know you want to revisit this classic. 6) Paddington Bear [caption id="attachment_980" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In that hat, he's practically invincible.[/caption] http://www.thewrap.com/sites/default/files/2013/Jun/07/96071/8536-2.jpg Most Americans know Paddington best as a storybook character, but he also starred in his own, very successful TV show, the earliest episodes of which aired back in the 1970s. He has since returned to the small screen in two more series, broadcast across a variety of networks. Not bad for a small bear! 5) Dennis the Menace [caption id="attachment_981" align="aligncenter" width="406"] Nice rugby shirt, Dennis.[/caption] http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/Dennis_the_Menace.jpg Dennis is arguably the most famous character to have gotten his start in ‘The Beano’ a long-running British comic (since 1938!). Though he has been cast in American and British versions, both animated and live action, his roots lie in...

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