A few favourite animal films

Friday, 22 March 2013

animal_TVIn my last blog post I wrote about the traditional animal stories which inspired me to create 64 Zoo Lane. It is not just books that influenced me though…

Here are a few of my favourite films and TV programmes featuring animals. Some are very well-known and others obscure. First, two animated shorts I was introduced to when I was a student:




Caroline Leaf ‘s tragic ‘The Owl who married a Goose’.  This film was  animated using sand on glass.

Yuri Norstein’s atmospheric ‘Hedgehog in the Fog’. This is a slow, absorbing film, a simple tale masterly told.  I also love Norstein’s ‘Tale of Tales’ which features a wolf cub.

The Jungle Book is one of my all-time favourite Disney features.  This is the  Kaa hypnosis scene.

The Lion King  was released at around the same time I started work on the pilot episode of 64 Zoo Lane.  Suddenly, savannah animals were ‘in’.  This is one of  the few films I have seen three times on the big screen. My daughter likes to do a ‘Simba’ with our geriatric cat. This involves holding the cat aloft while singing  “Ingonyama nengw’ enamabala”.

And finally, a Dutch language clip of a pre-school TV programme I used to watch every evening as a young child in Belgium: De Fabeltjeskrant ‘The Fables Times’.

There is no doubt this programme influenced me. The storytelling format of fables is similar to that of 64 Zoo Lane. However, I was not my favourite programme when I was a child; that honour must go to Colargol.  And as an adult I still feel ambiguous about  De Fabeltjeskrant; I  find the morals rather overpowering.







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