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Mr Eppynt a Clara'r Fuwch: Y Bunyip

A fair exchange is no robbery, perhaps. The Bunyip – an unknown quantity – takes the animated Mr Eppynt and Clara the Cow by surprise.

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1978 6 mins


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Beautiful, subtle and amusing: Mr Eppynt and Clara the Cow, who has woken Mr E up too early, banging a ball off the roof of their house, lose the ball and discover the unknown and surprising Bunyip. Created by Frank Koller, of Cardiff’s Caricature Theatre, this was the 5th in a series of 10 animated Mr Eppynts, all created using shadow puppets. The characters and scenery were cut from translucent plastic, coloured with pens and lit from behind. English subtitles available.

Caricature Theatre (1965-84), a Cardiff-based puppet theatre, was founded by Jane Phillips, and was the first professional theatre company to work full-time for children in Wales (in Welsh and English) and the UK. It benefited from the continuity, for 19 years, of a Welsh Arts Council annual grant, developing esteemed experimental and pioneering work for adults as well as children and including an animations unit from 1978. This film, based on a creature that features in Australian Aboriginal culture, was selected by the BFI as “an outstanding film of the year for presentation at the London Film Festival 1979”. *To enable English subtitles for this film, once the video is playing select CC in the video playback bar (at the bottom of the screen) and then select Closed Captions = On.*