After hearing all about George Laban’s time animating Postman Pat Series 2 I couldn’t help but show you these little rarities from Ivor Wood’s wife Josianes’ personal collection.
Obviously before you start out and animate you need something to animate to and it was Ivor’s job to produce the storyboards for the Woodland shows to hand to the animators to work from. Below we see an example of the first two shots from Episode 2 of Series 2. The episode was entitled “Postman Pat and the Suit of Armour” and revolved around the public opening of Major Forbes, Garner Hall. It was Ted Glens job to buff up and make good it’s suit of armour and after trying it on for size he gets somewhat stuck, leaving only one man to get him out.
As you’ll see above they are some great little sketches from Ivor. Very reminiscent of styles he’s used previously in his other illustrative work. It seems to be his more natural way of drawing and one that is a firm favourite with me. These being sketched for the second series clearly allowed Ivor to be more exact with his layouts as he was already fully aware of how things were positioned on set. We can see this in the comparisons between sketch and the show as they look amazingly similar in layout and composition. Even down to Jess poking her head out of the van. Not quite sure that the props ever stayed the same from concept to final as we’ve heard many times before, on a variety of shows, that things were just put here there and everywhere. If it looked good it stayed in, even if it meant characters sharing most of their belongings.
All going well we should have a couple more treats in store from the Postman Pat archive in the coming weeks, then we’ll move onto something else. Who knows what this will be.