This post though is not going to be a review of the 1990’s ITV Studios series asking whether it did PG Wodehouse justice or indeed improve upon his work.
Even though there is much that could be reviewed – the impressive ensemble cast of actors, of which led by Hugh Laurie as Bertie Wooster long before he became Dr Gregory House and modern polymath Stephen Fry, it would be quicker to list fields in which he is not accomplished, as Reginald Jeeves, Bertie’s Butler.
Or the music of Anne Dudley for the opening and closing credits and underscoring the show.
Or its recreation of 1930’s fashions and décors – interiors and exteriors – in the UK and the USA.
Of if you are a petrol-head historian, all the motor cars on show.
Instead I want only to focus on the opening and closing credits sequence and their graphics. Writers rightly complain about not getting enough credit for their TV work – the lead actors taking all the limelight, credit and glory – as for the graphic illustrators of the opening and closing credits, nary a thought.
This post seeks a humble contribution toward redressing that.
As ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ was first broadcast B.B. – before Blogging – I am hopeful that no-one else has taken to posting these images up.
All I know about those responsible are that they were called Animation City.
They were responsible for the The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle film graphics in which the Sex Pistols (or was it Malcolm McLaren) sold their artistic souls for filthy lucre in 1980. They also put their work to the similarly anarchic spirited ‘The Comic Strips Presents’ British comedy series from the 1980’s with Ade Edmondson and Rik Mayall. But after 1993 they seem to have vanished off the face of the earth?! Perhaps they went bankrupt? Or got taken over? Or merely changed their name?
Do any of you know?
I hope at least some of you enjoy their work as much as I do.
- Love It or Hate It? Jake Phipps Hat Pendant Lights (casasugar.com)
- P G Wodehouse wasn’t a traitor, merely foolish (telegraph.co.uk)
- The Nightmare World of P.G. Wodehouse [Aardvarchaeology] (scienceblogs.com)
- TV highlights 02/09/2011 (guardian.co.uk)
- I Recommend: The Oeuvre of P. G. Wodehouse (cathicarolblog.wordpress.com)