Screen Archive South East is a public sector moving image archive serving the South East of England. The archive's collections of magic lantern slides, films, videos and associated materials capture the many varied aspects of life, work and creativity from the early days of screen history to the present day and serve as a rich and invaluable historical resource.
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Helping Jessie in the garden
Two Teddy Bears look on happily, as before their glassy eyes a normal suburban family falls victim to some very abnormal goings on in their back garden.
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The Adams family, including their teddy-bears, relax in the garden reading magazines. But the garden is a mess so Jessie storms out of the house ordering everyone to get busy. The bears prefer to sit and watch the mayhem that ensues. Water-pipes are broken, carpets are 'mown' and everyone ends up in the pond. Even Jessie gets chased around the garden by a demonic lawnmower. The teddies laugh so much at the antics of the humans that one of them falls off the wall and into a dustbin.
The prolific and imaginative George Adams once again drafted family members to appear in this bizarre film which combines live action and stop-frame animation. Filmed in the Adams' garden in suburban Camberley, in Surrey, George's wife, Jessie, is the eponymous heroine and their youngest daughter, Wendy, ends up in the pond.