The UK Animation Community Reacts to Bob Godfrey’s Death

Some of the biggest names in the UK animation scene are expressing their condolences on the occasion of Bob Godfrey’s passing. Here’s what they’re saying on Twitter:

Filmmaker Joanna Quinn (Body Beautiful, Britannia, Famous Fred, Dreams and Desires—Family Ties):

Peter Lord, Aardman co-founder and director of The Pirates! Band of Misfits:

Online animation filmmaker Cyriak:

Matt Jones, Pixar story artist:

Beakus Animation Production Studio:

Curtis Jobling, production designer of Bob the Builder and creator of Frankenstein’s Cat:

Filmmaker Chris Shepherd (Who I Am And What I Want, Dad’s Dead):

Paul Franklin, visual effects supervisor on The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:

Rob McCallum, storyboard/concept artist on Pacific Rim, The Thing, Total Recall:

Filmmaker David OReilly (Please Say Something, The External World), who is technically not UK, but a nice sentiment nonetheless:


  • Lauren

    Roobarb and Custard was my favourite childhood telly programme. Gutted.

  • Tom

    Thanks all for such lovely tweets

  • Michael Sporn

    Bob Godfrey is hardly more than a name in the United States, yet he was so obviously the heart of British animation. He made animation seem so accessible, so necessary to do, that he could only have inspired. Perhaps if we had gotten Roobarb in the US, things might have turned out better for us. He was part of a small group, the Grasshopper Group, whose members included Gerry Potterton, John Daborne, Stan Hayward, Dick Williams, Derek Hill, Jim Nicolson, John Kirby, Stuart Wynn Jones, Richard Horn, Kevin Brownlow and other exciting film lovers.

    I wasn’t a big fan of GREAT, but I’m pleased he won the Oscar when he did. He certainly deserved one for KAMA SUTRA RIDES AGAIN, HENRY’S CAT and many other gems. He’ll be missed.

  • Larry Lauria

    I met Bob in 1991 at Annecy. He was a real character- sitting there in a tank top, shorts and really loud yellow runners. He remains a wonderful artist/ animator.