British Television Animation 1997-2010
Drawing Comic Tradition
|Publication Date||August 2014|
|Formats||Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF)|
British Television Animation 1997-2010 charts a moment in TV history when UK comic animation graduated from the margins as part of a post-Simpsons broadcast landscape. Millennial shows like Monkey Dust, Bob and Margaret, I am Not an Animal, Modern Toss and Stressed Eric, among many others, not only reflected the changing times but they also ushered in an era of ambition and belief in the potential of British adult animation. Van Norris traces the evolution of television animation and discusses a raft of innovative works that not only raised the profile of British animation but, at the same time, made a valuable but under-assessed contribution to the UK TV comedy landscape at the turn of the century. This is the story of a neglected history, the retrieval of a crucial stage in the development of mainstream animation and a story of missed opportunities, artistic compromises and shifts in attitudes within Millennial Britain.