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Barry J.C. Purves is an English animator, director and screenwriter of puppet animation television and cinema and theatre designer and director, primarily for the Altrincham Garrick Playhouse in Manchester.

Models by Barry Purves including William Shakespeare (left) and Achilles and Patroclus at the front

Known as one of Britain's most celebrated animators on account of his six short films (see filmography below), each of which has been nominated for numerous international awards (including Academy Award and British Academy Film Awards nominations),[1] he has also directed and animated for several television programs and over seventy advertisements, title sequences and animated insert sequences.[2] His film credits include being head animator for Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! (before the decision was made to use computer animation in place of stop motion), previsualisation animation director for Peter Jackson's King Kong and being "casually involved," simultaneous to this, with animation for the same director's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King during the 2003 film's post-production.[3]

Purves has taught animation, made documentaries, written articles for magazines and books and his own book Stop Motion: Passion, Process and Performance was released through Focal Press in 2007. He has held workshops about animation in several colleges in Europe and beyond as well as major North American studios such as DreamWorks, Pacific Data Images, Pixar and Will Vinton Studios (now Laika Entertainment House). Around 1996 he made plans to shoot a full-length film of Noye's Fludde, Benjamin Britten's opera version of a mystery play about the Deluge;[4] one of his strangest credits was co-presenting, in Mandarin, the live final of the Chinese talent search show Super Girl in 2006.[5]

A selection of his films, and those with animation by Ray Harryhausen, the bolexbrothers, Suzie Templeton and others, were included alongside those of Kihachirō Kawamoto himself in the Watershed Media Centre season Kawamoto: The Puppet Master in 2008.[2]



Screen Play is included on DVD-Video in British Animation Classics Volume One, published by the British Animation Awards.[10]

A then-complete collection of Purves' short films, titled His Intimate Lives, is the first release from agnès b. DVD (a collaboration between the eponymous fashion designer and film producer with distributor Potemkine)[11] and was released in France on 17 June 2008.[12] The video presents each film at its intended aspect ratio but that of the widescreen Achilles, Gilbert and Sullivan and Hamilton Mattress is not anamorphic and, being released in 2008, the more recent Plume and Tchaikovsky are not included.[13]


  1. ^ Short Film Winners: 1993 Oscars-YouTube
  2. ^ a b Sharp, Jasper (April 2008). "Screening details". Kawamoto: The Puppet Master. Watershed Media Centre. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  3. ^ Purves, Barry. "Filmography". Barry J.C. Purves. Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  4. ^ Purves, Barry (1996). "The Emperor's New Clothes". Animation World Network. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  5. ^ Purves, Barry. "Animation extras". Barry J.C. Purves. Archived from the original on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2008.
  6. ^ Next-Barry JC Purves
  7. ^ 100 Greatest Animated Shorts / Screenplay / Barry Purves-Skwigly Animation Magazine
  8. ^ His Intimate Lives (Media notes). Barry Purves. Paris, France: Potemkine/agnès b. 2008. EDV 2092.CS1 maint: others (link)
  9. ^ "Filmography". 2012. Archived from the original on 26 January 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  10. ^ "British Animation Classics Vol. 1". British Animation Awards. 2004. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
  11. ^ "agnès b. DVD/Potemkine Collection". agnès b. 1 April 2009. Archived from the original on 9 April 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2012. Barry Purves, His Intimate Lives, a DVD gathering the full works of Barry Purves, brilliant representative of the English animation and unseen in France until now, inaugurated Potemkine agnès b. DVD first joint publishing.
  12. ^ Tsuka (17 April 2008). "Intégrale de Barry Purves en DVD". Catsuka (in French). Retrieved 16 December 2008. […] ce joli petit film ainsi que 5 autres de ses court-métrages sortent en DVD en France le 17 juin […]
  13. ^ The DVD itself.

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