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.
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.
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.