Film ID: YFA 5719 Video of YFA_5719 Anthropoid Anecdote ANTHROPOID ANECDOTE c.1966 Visitor TabsDescription This is an animation, with a somewhat sexist storyline, featuring Chunky Chimp, who, having been a happy-go-lucky bachelor, eventually marries and becomes a browbeaten husband. Eventually his friend comes up with a plan to change Chunkey’s wife’s attitude, and Chunky goes back to his old self. Titles: Eric Booth presents: Anthropoid Anecdote A Story by the late Alec Booth Music composed by Albert Riley, “Chunky’s Theme” Photographer, K. Turner Guitar, P. Hopkins Animation, Eric Booth Trumpet and trombone, ‘Alb n’ Al ‘, Albert Riley and Alan Millward Narrator, Fiona Sidi Sound transfer, Alan Sidi The film begins with Chunky Chimp driving along in his car with the narrator explaining that Chunky is in love with his car, his guitar, and in fact with everything and everyone. It is said that Chunky is not interested in the opposite sex, who he studiously ignores, and that he is the most eligible bachelor. We see Chunky in his local pub playing the euphonium and buying everyone a drink after a good day at the races. He then watches his local rugby team giving them vocal support. However, cupid finally catches up with Chunky. He finally falls in love, and in no time, gets married. But married life turns out not to be what he expected as his, “nagging wife squeezes the last drop of blood” from him. He is now a “browbeaten husband,” losing his friends, and forced to do all the domestic work while his wife relaxes with her favourite pastime of reading her horoscope. He trudges off to work down the pit and hand over his wage packet every Friday. As his wife gossips with the neighbour over the garden fence he has to sell his car and gets battered with his own guitar. He sits with his friend in the doghouse and drowns his sorrows down the pub. But his friend Charlie Chimp comes up with the answer. He devises a plan to trick Chunky’s wife by bribing the newspaper editor into putting in a bad prediction into his wife’s horoscope, which she reads. Upset by this she consults a clairvoyant. Only this turns out to be Charlie Chimp in disguise, and he warns of Chunky doing her in and burying her. This causes Chunky’s wife to repent, and after giving her a spanking, Chunky “regains his manhood.” Back at the doghouse, Chunky is now back to his old self playing the euphonium. Title – The End Context A film that shows amateurs, even in the pre-digital age, could be excellent animators. The storyline though, of a happy-go-lucky chimp who becomes a henpecked husband, would surely be too sexist for most people today, and probably today also for the young female narrator. Using all the old clichés of the nagging wife and browbeaten husband, the film might be taken as being ironic, but as this is the mid-1960s, probably not. Little is known of the animator, Eric Booth, or of most of the others involved in the film, with the exception being Leeds maverick filmmaker Alan Sidi who invented his own cine-synch machine in the 1960s for adding sound to film. Fiona, Alan’s daughter, voices the narration and later appeared on Yorkshire TV’s Calendar in 1976 ironically talking about a new woman's magazine, interviewed by Richard Whiteley. One doesn’t have to look too far to see the common attitudes to gender in the 1960s, the British TV comedy ‘George and the Dragon,’ which first appeared in November 1966, would be one example. Judging by the BBC’s ‘Reggie Yates's Extreme UK: Men at War’, these attitudes are still very much with us.