There are many more-The Pingwings, Ivor The Engine and the Pogles of Pogles' Wood.
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
Oliver Postgate died today, and I wanted to put my own little tribute here. He was an amazing inventor, story teller and film maker who made some of the best children's programmes ever. He had a lovely comforting voice with which he narrated his stories. He formed a company called Smallfilms with Peter Firmin. They got into animation in a roundabout way and invented their own methods of doing everything. They were constantly running up against problems and solving them in ingenious ways. The stories are funny, many layered and beautifully illustrated with drawings, and collections of the most amazing handmade toys. They are the best type of children's stories as they are easy to understand on a simple level but also have more to them and are never patronising. They are also accompanied by beautiful music.