Joanna Quinn’s ident for the 2013 Bradford Animation Festival, which takes place this week, marks the twentieth anniversary of the festival. Using her distinctive style of hand-drawn animation, the 41-second short is a great example of everything that we’ve come to love about Quinn’s work.
The ident includes cameos from a number of animated characters from Britain and abroad: Wallace and Gromit, the Snowman and Snowdog, one of Phil Mulloy’s Cowboys and the yeti character from Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels’s Oh Willy; it even manages to namecheck animation author Paul Wells along the way. Quinn has also provided the festival’s poster, using a scene from the ident and adding Bob Godfrey’s Roobarb and the conductor from Michaela Pavlatova’s Tram to the proceedings.
Taking center stage in both is Beryl, the character who starred in Quinn’s breakthrough film Girls Night Out (1986) before reappearing in her subsequent shorts Body Beautiful (1990) and Dreams and Desires – Family Ties (2006).