Oliver Postgate 1925-2008
Oliver and his partner, Peter Firmin, were responsibe for the animations of my own and my children's childhood. Ivor the Engine, Noggin the Nog, The Clangers and Bagpuss are classics. Oliver's voice in particular is very fondly remembered. He gave an interview to the BBC in 2005 in which he explained his work. One response typifies his sense of humour:
How tall was the average Clanger?
Hypothetically, they're about four foot high, because when Tiny Clanger meets an astronaut, she is standing about 4 ft high, but in reality, they're about 10 inches high. Well, Tiny Clanger is about 8 inches high and Major Clanger is about 11 inches high. That's without his nose in the air, which would make him a good 13 inches high.
Oliver's website has his thoughts on contemporary matters up to 2007, and a witty individual he was too - Oliver Postgate.