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Music and British Animation

Matthew Sweet considers music for British animation as the BFI mark the 50th anniversary of Yellow Submarine and looks back on some classic children's animation titles.

Matthew Sweet considers music for British animation as the BFI mark the 50th anniversary of Yellow Submarine. The programme looks back on scores for some of the classic children's animation titles from the likes of Oliver Postgate and Ivor Wood including 'Bagpuss'; 'Ivor the Engine'; and 'Camberwick Green'; music for Jerry and Sylvia Anderson's 'Thunderbirds'; the 1954 'Animal Farm'; and 'Watership Down' and 'Yellow Submarine'. The programme also features music from Aardmann Animation features 'Chicken Run' and the recent 'Early Man'; as well as Raymond Briggs's 'Ethel and Earnest' and The Snowman'.

And on a similar theme, as Incredibles 2 reaches UK screens this week, there's a chance to hear some of Michael Giacchino's new score.

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27 minutes

Music Played

  • John Faulkner

    Bagpuss (1974): The Bony King Of Nowhere, The Prima Ballerina, Mouse Round

    Composer: Sandra Kerr. Composer: Trad.. Singer: Sandra Kerr. Singer: Oliver Postgate. Singer: John Faulkner.
    • Bagpuss: The Songs & Music.
    • 1,21,14.
  • John Powell

    Chicken Run (2000): Opening Titles

    Composer: Harry Gregson‐Williams. Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Gavin Greenaway.
    • Chicken Run (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).
    • RCA.
    • 2.
  • Julian Nott

    The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit (2005): Wallace & Gromit

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Gavin Greenaway.
    • Wallace & Gromit - The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit (Original Motion Picture Soundtr.
    • 19.
  • Harry Gregson‐Williams

    Early Man (2018): Prehistoric Prologue

    Composer: Tom Howe. Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
  • Don Barreto

    La Belle Creole

    Ensemble: Don Barreto & His Cuban Orchestra.
    • Don Barreto "1932-1935".
    • Harlequin Records.
    • 1.
  • Vernon Eliott

    Ivor the Engine (1959): Theme

    Performer: Vernon Eliott. Singer: Oliver Postgate.
    • Ivor The Engine & Pogles Wood - Original Television Music By The Vernon Elliott.
    • 1.
  • Freddie Phillips

    Camberwick Green (1966): Music Box

    Performer: Freddie Phillips.
    • Themes From Children's BBC.
    • BBC.
    • 14.
  • Freddie Phillips

    Camberwick Green (1972): Windy Miller's Song

    Performer: Freddie Phillips. Singer: Brian Cant.
    • Camberwick Green.
    • BBC.
  • Johnny Hawksworth

    Roobarb and Custard

    Orchestra: Johnny Hawksworth Orchestra.
    • This Is The Return of Cult Fiction.
    • Virgin.
    • 36.
  • Mike Batt

    The Wombling Song

    Performer: Mike Batt.
    • All Together Now (Children's Favourite TV Themes).
    • 21.
  • Alain Legrand

    The Magic Roundabout

    • Themes From Children's BBC.
    • BBC.
    • 16.
  • Barry Gray

    Thunderbirds Are Go (1966): Thunderbirds Theme, Alan's Dream, Martian Mystery

    Orchestra: Barry Grey Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Gray.
    • Thunderbirds Are Go.
    • EMI.
    • 1-3.
  • Mátyás Seiber

    Animal Farm (1954): Theme

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
  • Angela Morley

    Watership Down (1978): End Credits

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Orchestra: Marcus dodd.
    • Watership Down: The Original Soundtrack From The Film.
    • 7.
  • Roger Waters

    The Wall (1984): Another Brick In The Wall

    Ensemble: Pink Floyd.
    • The Wall.
    • EMI.
    • 5.
  • Carl Davis

    Ethel And Ernest (2016): Opening

    Performer: Carl Davis.
    • Ethel And Ernest.
    • DECCA Digital Download.
  • Howard Blake

    The Snowman (2016): The Snowmen's Dance

    Orchestra: Sinfonia of London. Conductor: Howard Blake.
    • The Snowman / The Story Of The Snowman.
    • CBS.
    • 6.
  • Clint Mansell

    Loving Vincent (2017): The Sower with Setting Sun

    Ensemble: Studio-Ensemble.
    • Loving Vincent.
    • MILAN.
    • 12.
  • Paul Leonard‐Morgan

    Walking With Dinosaurs (2013): 3 BFF

    Ensemble: Studio-Ensemble.
    • Walking With Dinosaurs.
    • BFD.
    • 14.
  • Michael Giacchino

    Incredibles 2 (2018): Incredits 2

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra conducted by Composer.
    • Incredibles 2.
    • 26.


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