It was the mid to late 80’s when the time came for Ivor to develop his personal favourite of all his many creations, Charlie Chalk. Charlie really embodied everything Ivor had been working on throughout his career. It featured his most colourful characters to date and everyone with a unique personality and look. None more so than the very officiant and often demanding Captain Mildred.
Captain Mildred as we all know lived solo, aboard the good ship Buttercup. She was later joined by first mate Mary the Hover Fairy who if I’m not mistaken was one of Ivor’s favourite characters. However it is The Buttercup that we’ll be discussing today as in a bookshelf nook at Josiane, Ivor’s wife’s, house lives the first incarnation of the ship to be.
As you’ll see from the shots above Ivor’s original design doesn’t change in the slightest as we go to the final design, even leaving that dented chimney in tact. This mock-up was used by Ivor in order to let the lead prop maker know exactly what he wanted and at the time and through a lot of Woodland Animations that was the job of Brian Driver. It seems however that Ivor had a distinct control over the final look as they are near enough identical in mock-up and final execution. As well as mock-up for Buttercup Ivor also made a similar type model for the one and only Bertha, which shows Ivor’s true eye for unique design. Unfortunately the model has been all but lost, but we still have the shows right?
I hope this post was of interest to all you Woodland fans out there. There was request for more Bertha posts after our run on Paddington Bear so I’ll see what I can do. There are a few bits and pieces on Bertha but not that much at this stage so you may have to wait patiently.