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Ivor the Engine - First 6 Episodes (1959) [Webrip (Xvid)]
Description: Ivor The Engine - First 6 Episodes
RIP Oliver Postgate 1925-2008
1959 / 6 x 10mins / b/w / for Assoc. Redifusion
The first set of six ten-minute films, in which Ivor gets his new pipes and joins the choir were made in 1959 for Associated-Redifusion Ltd. They were in black and white.
These were followed by two sets of thirteen films, also in black and white for Associated-Redifusion. These concern various other incidents, like the arrival of dragons and an elephant, and complications that arise therefrom.
These black and white films were shown regularly by Associated-Redifusion until that company's demise in 1968.
In 1975, Smallfilms were very kindly given back the rights to the stories, and remade the original films, with some new ones, as a set of 40 five minute films in colour.
These were shown regularly by the BBC as part of their advertised programmes (and occasionally irregularly when it rained at Wimbledon during the tennis tournament) until the mid-1980's.
The films were made in cut-out card animation which is a laborious procedure in which figures cut from painted cardboard are jointed together with Blutack, laid on a background and moved, in increments of 1/25ths of a second, under a single-frame camera driven by a motor, some pieces of meccano and a rubber drive band.
To clarify, one five minute Ivor film would require approximately 8000 single frames of film.
"...Not very long ago, in the top left-hand corner of Wales, there was a railway. It wasn't a very long railway or a very important railway, but it was called The Merioneth and Llantisilly Rail Traction Company Limited, and it was all there was.
And in a shed, in a siding at the end of the railway, lives the Locomotive of the Merioneth and Llantisilly Rail Traction Company Limited, which was a long name for a little engine so his friends just called him Ivor..."
So began, in 1959, the first episode of the first series of a set of television films which were to become part of the mainstream of Children's television for the next thirty years.
This extraordinary railway in which the engine sings in the choir and there is a dragon in his firebox, was invented or perhaps discovered by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin over forty years ago.
It has delighted children and adults for more than three generations.
Originally made in black and white, the stories and some new ones were filmed again in colour in the 1970's, but are still animated by a simple direct method that gave the series its original charm.
Voices Oliver Postgate
Smallfilms for Associated Rediffusion (1959)
Written by Oliver Postgate
Producer Oliver Postgate
Drawings Peter Firmin
Music Vernon Elliot
Ivor The Engine Episode Information:
Ivor the Engine 1958 Episode 1
Ivor the Engine 1958 Episode 2
Ivor the Engine 1958 Episode 3
Ivor the Engine 1958 Episode 4
Ivor the Engine 1958 Episode 5
Ivor the Engine 1958 Episode 6
Name..........: Ivor The Engine First 6 Episodes
Filesize......: 63.4 MB (66,506,358 bytes)
Video Codec...: Xvid
frame Size....: 640 x 480
Video Per Sec.: 12.500
Video Bitrate.: 999kbps
frame Quality.: 0.260
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