Early Days

Jerry The Tyke

How it all began

Welsh animation began in 1925 with a mischievous puppy, Jerry the Troublesome Tyke.

Jerry was the star of his own regular cartoon series made by Sid Griffiths, a Cardiff cinema projectionist.

Unusually for a puppy, Jerry couldn’t bark because these were silent movies.

Sid Griffiths moved to England and continued to make animated films right up to the 1950s.

He worked on all sorts of animation including advertising cartoons and feature films.

The inbetween years

There were animated films made about Wales in the post-war years like the delightful Ivor the Engine series by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin for Smallfilms (1959-1975). However, from the late 1950s to the 1970s there was little activity in Wales itself.

Some independent and amateur animators were producing work, but it was not until the late 1970s that interest in animation revived.

Newport College of Art led the way with animation film-makers Henry Lutman and Peter Turner training a new generation of animators.

Sali Mali

Frank Koller directed Mr.Eppynt and Clara the Cow in 1978, and would later go on to work on SuperTed (1982).

Llyfr Mawr Y Plant was first published in 1931 featuring the adventures of Wil Cwac Cwac and Sion Blewyn Coch, but it wasn’t until the 1980s that they starred in their own cartoons.

Sali Mali appeared in book form in 1969 and was instantly popular. Her animated series in the 1990s was directed by Les Orton for Siriol Productions.