1990s and the Digital Revolution

Organically Grown Mushrooms film
Organically Grown Welsh Mushrooms, Henry Lutman (1991) - Vimeo link

Animation production spread all over Wales and new companies such as Aaargh Animation and Dinamo in the South and Griffilms in the North brought exciting new blood into the industry.

Cartŵn Cymru spearheaded a new wave of animation for S4C with a cultural bias towards literature, world faiths and music.

Cineteg, based at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, not only produced their own films but worked extensively in the community, introducing generations of Welsh children to animation.


Digital Revolution

Gelert © Griffilms
Gelert © Griffilms

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, computers revolutionised how animated films were made and technology advanced at a dizzying rate.

Welsh animators continue to exploit these new advances.

Current animation has broken out of the confines of cinema and TV and appears in computer games, on web-sites and mobile applications.


Digital Pioneers

Cwm Rhyd y Rhosyn © Griffilms
Cwm Rhyd y Rhosyn © Griffilms

Roger Fickling, one of the co-founders of the original Siriol Animation, was at the forefront of the digital revolution in the late 1980s.

He oversaw the rapid rise of computer generated imagery (CGI) working for various companies making programme title sequences, special effects, and TV features.

The animators who worked on these early computer animations — Henry Lutman, Bruce Steele and Chris Marshall — continue to work in this field today.

Griffilms

You can see some more of Chris Marshall’s work in the Evolution of Wales gallery at National Museum Cardiff. Chris animated the ‘Big Bang’!