I have been amazed by animation, in both drawn and model form, since a young age. I remember two particular children’s series that used to be shown on TV when I was little, Trap Door and Stoppit & Tidyup. These were both made by British animators Terry Brain and Charlie Mills. Together they formed Brainbox Mills.
Trap Door was extremely good for its time. Even though each episode only went on for five minutes, it was jam-packed with unique creatures, atmospheric environments and lots of laughs.
Click on image for a Trap Door episode from Youtube:
The Trap Door DvD cover
Trap Door, Stoppit & Tidyup and lots of other cartoons during the 1980’s were a huge influence on me and as a child. I even drew and made versions of them from plasticine Fimo. As an adult now, I still love it (and own it on DvD), it remains one of my first inspirations. It is a shame it didn’t continue longer than it did, it seemed short lived to me. Trap Door left a lot to a childs imagination, with what ‘The Thing Upstairs’ looked like. To me I found this rather annoying as a kid, as I wanted to draw it.
As a child I kept getting Willie Rushton and Terry Wogan’s voices mixed up. Willie Rushton did the voice of Berk from Trap Door, while Terry Wogan narrated Stoppit & Tidyup. I would have preferred it if then, they had figures or soft toys made from these animations. I feel I wasn’t the only child deprived of having a ‘Go To Bed’ teddy.
Click on image below for a Stoppit & Tidyup episode from Youtube:
Stoppit and Tidyup main characters.
Below are some photos of Stoppit & Tidyup characters I painted on a creche at a leisure centre some years back:
Glass Graffiti: Stoppit (close up)
Glass Graffiti: Stoppit
Glass Graffiti: Tidyup
Glass Graffiti: I Said NO!
Glass Graffiti: Eat Your Greens
Glass Graffiti: Calm Down