An animated interpretation of Scott Dobson’s comic guide to the Geordie dialect, Larn Yersel’ Geordie, presented in three lessons. With artwork by South Shields animator Sheila Graber and narrated by Scott himself, the film takes a humorous – and at times outrageous – look at Geordie culture and language.
A short Christmas animation produced by Sheila Graber based on the traditional carol ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. The film focuses on Santa Claus as he introduces each of the twelve days to comic effect.
An animation by Sheila Graber based upon a story by Rudyard Kipling from the Just So Stories for Little Children series. This film explains how man domesticated all the wild animals with the exception of the cat which insisted upon its independence.
An animation by Sheila Graber based upon a story by Rudyard Kipling from the Just So Stories for Little Children series. This film explains the ebb and flow of the tides and how the crab changed from a large animal to a small one.
An animation by Sheila Graber based upon a story by Rudyard Kipling from the Just So Stories for Little Children series. This film explains how the Old Man Kangaroo got its long legs.
The first complete animation produced by Sheila Graber and set in her native South Shields. The film follows the adventures of a small boy and his cat as they walk through the snowy landscape, chase a Robin down onto the River Tyne and meet Father Christmas. The character of the boy is based upon Sheila’s nephew Nigel and the cat is based upon her own cat Whitey.
An animated film by the South Shields film maker Sheila Graber in which the boy and his cat feature in a set of adventures inspired by the lyrics of some well-known songs the boy sings. This film is a follow up to her earlier film entitled the Boy and the Cat.
A pastel animation by Sheila Graber showing the passage of time from birth to death as seen on an individual face. Starting as a baby the child morphs into a young boy and then a young man. He in turn becomes a soldier and then a working man who ages through middle age and on into old age. The film ends with the death of the man from old age and his skull eventually disappearing.
A pastel animation produced by Sheila Graber based on the Victorian ballad by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson. With commentary by Francis Carr the film loosely tells the Arthurian legend of Elaine of Astolat, a woman living in isolation inside a tower who sees the world through the reflections in a mirror. One day she sees the knight Sir Lancelot and looks towards Camelot which brings about a curse. She leaves the tower and travels to Camelot by boat but dies before reaching it.
This comic short animation by South Shields-born Sheila Graber features an abundance of canine cracks. The film was a commission for the British Police campaign to promote part of a government initiative launched in 1977, the Good Neighbours Scheme. A dog on holiday is shocked to discover his kennel has been burgled. He learns about the ways in which he can protect his home through the Good Neighbours Scheme.
South Shields-born animator Sheila Graber takes a humorous look at the frantic daily work schedule of the regional BBC Look North news team in Newcastle upon Tyne, from the copy desk to the producer, filming and editing to airing, building from a slow pace in the early morning to manic speed before the live studio transmission. The animation stars presenter Mike Neville. This was commissioned by BBC Look North, screened in 1977 and subsequently sold around the world.
Howway the Lasses was produced in the 1970s by prolific North Eastern animator Sheila Graber. It is an early example of regional amateur animation on a particular theme; in this case women’s liberation. It typifies the increased interest in single issue politics that was a particular feature of the late ‘70s. The film is a journey through history, following a cavewoman's attempt to obtain freedom in modern times.
A short Christmas animation produced by Sheila Graber in which Santa Claus and his three robin helpers deliver presents all over the world. The film follows their adventures as they cross continents from Asia through Africa, Europe and the Americas. Along the way they deliver presents to a number of interesting characters including a lion in Africa and King Kong in America. The film ends with them making their way back to Santa’s grotto, collapsing with exhaustion into their comfy chairs.
An animated film produced by Sheila Graber with music performed by Tom Gilfellon. The history of the River Tyne, from the source in Scotland to the mouth at South Shields, is pictured using pastel, paintings, drawings, personal photographs and documentary film footage.
A cute, vegetarian guinea pig pitches pet care to kids and explains his origins – descended from South American rodents called the “restless Cavies”. This delightful cartoon was created by the popular South Shields-born artist Sheila Graber for a children’s television series that was broadcast around the world in the 1980s.
The do’s and don’ts of pet care explained by a cute cartoon puppy dog created by celebrated South Shields animator Sheila Graber.
A gallop through the do’s and don’ts of pet care narrated by a plump pony with personality. This children's cartoon was created by celebrated South Shields animator Sheila Graber for a children’s television series that was broadcast around the world in the 1980s.
An educational children’s animation by Sheila Graber about the workings of the human body. The film features a one celled character called Bio as he guides the viewer on the structure of the skeleton.
A pastel animation produced by Sheila Graber and based upon the short story by Sid Chaplin. Narrated by north east broadcaster Mike Neville the film tells the story of Geordie, a miner, and his love for his pigeons and the trials and tribulations of his passion which is very popular around the region. The face of Sid Chaplin is used as Geordie.
The South Shields-born animator Sheila Graber looks at the growing gender bias in toys for girls and boys. At the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve, monster killing machines and robots fight each other and toy soldiers in khaki battle against pink clad, cute dolls, threatened animals and fairies. The toys gradually find their traditional roles reversed and harmony returns to the fictional killing fields of a Christmas home. This animation was inspired after a meeting with the musician Fredy Reyna, master of the Venezuelan cuatro, who created the music and owned a large collection of historical toys.
This tongue-in-cheek promotional film was produced for the North East Region of the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (NERIAC), which hosted the national IAC Annual General Meeting and film festival in Newcastle in October 1987. It was written and directed by Michael Gough, a member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association. Includes time-lapse footage of South Shields-born animator Sheila Graber at work.