In the clip above producer Gareth Edwards
explains all you'd ever really want to know about Victorian television
making techniques. You can also watch the animation here.(scoot forward 3mins 45 secs if you're in a hurry). You can also watch a second animation I made here. Again my animation is inbetwixt the live action, (beginning at at 2 mins 20)
sketch went viral in the days before the BBC knew that this was a good
They kept removing clips from Youtube - even shutting down my
the whole thing made me very proud. Kids as far a-field as the states
made violent live-action remakes and so I got to feel like a sort of BBC-ish Slim Shady for a short while.
notes: I'm really proud of the little "glimmer of hope" hand wave I
added. Many comments under the vids referred to "poor Mr Happy" and I like to think this was probably the moment where they actually cared about the character.
Oh and just quickly: I wasn't actually allowed to make the artwork look too similar to that of the Mr. Men books/TV series. This
was always the funny thing with Dead Ringers - I was always told to go
away and make something look a bit less like the thing I was trying to
make it look like in order to avoid suings.
You can watch this sketch on the BBC "Comedy Greats" page. Written by Tom & Nev Prod Caroline Norris (BBC2 2006)
The BBC2 logo was animated by the lovely and talented Martin Davey. This
sketch is responsible for lots of angry comments on Youtube, very
probably because the Beeb uploaded it without the continuity setup. Doh.
Written by Alan Gilbey, Prod Gareth Edwards (BBC2 2005)
The 3D lava was animated by the lovely and talented Martin Davey. This was the first bit of work that I'd ever had cut. There was a gruesome head-sawing sequence which never made it onto the telly. Gareth said that as there had been a beheading in the news that week, it might be seen as a bit distasteful.
Written by Alan Gilbey, Prod Gareth Edwards (BBC2 2004)