Next! – The Complete Animated Shakespeare

I’m sure most readers are aware that today is the 23rd April 2016, which is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. Despite the fact that most modern scholars agree that many of Shakespeare’s plays were not actually written by Shakespeare, but by someone else who had the same name, it’s still a good excuse to celebrate the life and work of a towering figure in the world of literature and drama. I was trying to think I suddenly remembered this marvellous animated film I saw when it was first released over 20 years ago. I couldn’t remember the name so it took me a bit of time to find it, but I got there in the end. It’s by Aardman Animations (best known for the later Wallace and Gromit films) and it was part of a splendid series of animated shorts called Lip-synch commissioned by Channel 4 and broadcast in 1990. It’s hard to imagine Channel 4 doing anything this good nowadays.  This film, called Next,  is only 5 minutes long yet it manages to refer to every single one of Shakespeare’s plays by having the immortal bard himself do them all as an audition. It’s not only clever and visually appealing but also a lot of fun…

 

 

4 Responses to “Next! – The Complete Animated Shakespeare”

  1. He accessed imagination from relaxation from various forms.. Brilliant though he was, most artists and geniuses are not mainstream. They are different from the maddening crowd.

  2. Miguel de Cervantes (of Don Quixote fame) died one day earlier, 22 April, also in 1616. In some sense the Shakespeare of Spain, both in regard to his literary influence and in regard to his influence on the language.

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