Film ID: YFA 5727 Video of YFA_5727 Kitchen Kaper KITCHEN KAPER 1965 Visitor TabsDescription This whimsical stop-motion animation by Wakefield couple Doug and Norah Brear wonderfully shows off the inventiveness of many amateur filmmakers in the 1960s. It was the days when milk was delivered to everyone’s front door, as well as given to all school children, and beer was considered to be “good for you”; and so, what could be more healthy than the marriage of the two? Title – Chaseley Films present Title – Kitchen Kaper A woman steps out of her front door to pick up the milk, which she puts into the fridge. Also in the fridge is a bottle of Tetley bitter which has an animated face. It begins to froth when it sees the milk bottle, which also has an animated face. Meanwhile, the woman reads the instructions for defrosting the fridge. She takes all the items out of the fridge and places them on a table top. The beer bottle and the milk bottle make eyes at each other. The beer moves off, followed by the milk, and they cosy up to each other. The beer froths again and turns around, in a suggestive manner. The milk shakes her head, no, and moves off. The milk then returns and knocks the beer into the sink which is filled with water. The beer re-emerges and they dance around each other. The milk goes off and returns with a placard declaring, “Drinka pinta milka day.” The beer then goes off and returns with its own placard, declaring, “Beer is best.” The two have another courting routine, the beer winks to the camera and they go off. On their return they are accompanied by a small bottle of ‘M & B Milk Stout.’ Title – The End Context The clinking of the milkman doing his daily rounds turns into a moving tale of romance between the contrasting beverages of day and night. This whimsical animation by Wakefield couple Doug and Norah Brear wonderfully shows off the inventiveness of many amateur filmmakers in the 1960s. It was the days when milk was delivered to everyone’s front door, as well as given to all school children, and beer was considered to be “good for you”; and so, what could be more healthy than the marriage of the two? Doug and Norah Brear made over 60 films between 1960 and 1985. The 1970s saw the start of the decline of milk floats and home deliveries, having to compete with supermarkets selling cheap milk in cartons, and furthered by the deregulation of the British milk industry in 1994. In the 1950s and ‘60s the Milk Marketing Board had a spate of advertising slogans, including "milk's gotta lotta bottle," written by the jingle king Rod Allen, and "drinka pinta milka day," seen here, memorably mimicked by Tony Hancock. The beer slogan is a variation on ‘Guinness is Good for You’, although the reference is undoubtedly to the famous Mackeson milk stout, who had a cartoon of a beer barrel and a milk urn snuggling up together.