Monday, September 15, 2014

Celebrating Ivor the Engine's 55th Anniversary

Ivor the Engine was a British children's animation series created by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin for their SmallFilms company in 1959. Ivor follows the adventures of a little locomotive in the top left-hand corner of Wales, along with his cheery, rosy-cheeked driver, Edwin Jones. Ivor has a number of friends in his village, including the grumbly station master, Dai, as well as Bluebell the Donkey, Idris the Dragon, and many others, besides. Made with watercolour-painted cardboard cutouts, and animated using stop-motion techniques, the series was originally made for black and white television in 1959, before being picked up by the BBC in 1975 and remade in colour.  

For more information about Ivor the Engine, Oliver Postgate and SmallFilms, why not take out our DVD, 'Oliver Postgate: A Life in Small Films', available in the DVD collection on the second floor of the Library? You could also look at the SmallFilms website, too!