Veteran animator Euan Frizzell brought his artist's hands to almost every form of the genre, from traditional cartoons to stop motion to computer generated animation. Along the way, he animated stories by local legends Margaret Mahy and Lynley Dodd, and directed and animated for Bugs Bunny, Road Runner and Fred Flintstone. Frizzell died on 23 September 2012. Read the full biography

Computers have opened up new areas that animation can be used in. Aside from traditional 2-D animation, which is still hand-drawn, everything else has changed and is still changing quite rapidly. Euan Frizzell

Screenography

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Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy

1997, Director, Animator - Short Film

Hairy Maclary is a 10-part series adapted from the beloved children's books by Lynley Dodd. The Euan Frizzell-animated series follows the titular dog on his Kiwi neighbourhood forays. Opening with the theme tune familiar to families worldwide, this is Hairy's first adventure, introducing his mates — Schnitzel von Krumm, Bottomley Potts and Muffin McClay — and his tomcat tormenter ... Scarface Claw! Actor Miranda Harcourt narrates, capturing the rhythms of Dodd's prose that have seen the stories sell millions of copies since being first published in 1983.

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Patu!

1983, Camera, Camera - Film

Merata Mita’s Patu! is a startling documentary record of the mass civil disobedience that took place throughout New Zealand during the winter of 1981, in protest against a South African rugby tour. Testament to the courage and faith of both the filmmakers and marchers, Patu! is a landmark in New Zealand's film history. It staunchly contradicts claims by author Gordon McLauchlan a couple of years earlier that New Zealanders were "a passionless people".

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The Great White Man-Eating Shark

1991, Director, Animator - Short Film

Norvin has razor teeth and looks as much like a shark as any young boy can. So he makes a dorsal fin out of plastic and sets off to scare everyone out of the water. Now Norvin has the cove to himself. Or does he? The success of animator Euan Frizzell's wry adaptation of the Margaret Mahy picture book saw four more Mahy tales follow (collected on DVD as The Magical World of Margaret Mahy). Among a trio of awards, The Great White Man-Eating Shark won best children's short at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Ray Henwood provides the droll narration.

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Braindead

1992, Animator - Film

After his Mother gets infected by a bite from a deadly Sumatran Rat Monkey, Lionel (an award-winning Tim Balme) has to contend with a plague of the living dead while attempting to woo the love of his life, Paquita. Peter Jackson had already been tagged with the title  ‘The Sultan of Splatter’ after his first two pictures; but in this deliriously liquid romp, he takes a Flymo to fusty 1950s New Zealand and takes cinematic gore to a whole new extreme in the process.

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A Tall Long Faced Tale

2008 - 2008, Animator - Television

In this 70-minute documentary children's author Margaret Mahy is interviewed at her Governors Bay home by friend and fellow author Elizabeth Knox. Knox is aided and abetted by Mahy's beloved storybook characters who put her on the spot about their origins. In this excerpt the famous lion from A Lion in the Meadow thanks her for making him yellow, and Mahy talks about eating porridge thrice a day as a young solo mum. Yvonne Mackay directed this seamless mix of real life and Euan Frizzell-created animation. The doco screened as part of TV ONE's NZ Festival series.

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Under The Mountain

2009, Animator - Film

Maurice Gee's classic novel about aliens running amok under Auckland has rarely gone out of print, since its debut in 1979. First adapted as a memorable 80s TV series, this movie retooling sees teenage twins Theo and Rachel stumbling across shape-shifting creatures that are hiding beneath Auckland's extinct volcanoes. American showbiz magazine Variety praised Black Sheep director Jonathan King's "solid helming", and the excellent acting of Sam Neill as the mysterious Mr Jones. Oliver Driver plays lead villain Mr Wilberforce, under four hours of make-up.  

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Here to Stay - The English

2007, Photo Effects - Television

Actor Michael Hurst began life in northern England, then moved to Christchurch at age eight. In this Here to Stay episode he looks at the pervasive elements of Kiwi culture that derive from mother England — from roasts, rugby, tea and the Mini, to a language and legal system. In this excerpt Hurst fries up fish'n'chips with Ray McVinnie, stalks deer with Davey Hughes, and explores how class ideals travelled south to Mt Peel and Christ's College .... A chorus of Kiwis, including ex-All Blacks' captain David Kirk and historian Jock Phillips, ponder the influence.  

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The Irrefutable Truth about Demons

2000, Animator - Film

The debut feature from writer-director Glenn Standring, The Irrefutable Truth about Demons sees anthropologist Harry Ballard (Karl Urban) threatened by a sinister cult. With the help of beautifully bizarre Bennie (Katie Wolfe) he endures a terrifying night as his friends are killed by demons. Or are they? Hounded by the memory of his dead brother, Harry suffers beatings, heart surgery and assault by cockroaches. Variety said Demons "conjures a creepy, brooding atmosphere and enough thrills to keep young horror enthusiasts glued." The film sold to more than 45 countries.

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The Dominant Species

1985, Animator, Designer - Television

The Dominant Species is a loopy look at the relationship between people and cars in 1975 Aotearoa ... from an alien's eye view. Nifty animations and FX intersperse the alien automotive anthropological survey of Mark IIs, VWs, anti-car activism and driveway car-washing. There's a ladykilling Jesus Christ atop-a-motorcar dream sequence; and Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries scores a rugby match traffic jam (predating Apocalypse Now's choppers). Screenspotters will note the tripped out assembly is flush with formative industry talents (see Derek Morton’s guide below).  

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From Len Lye to Gollum

2004, Animator, Subject

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Asylum Pieces

2010, Animator

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Dinosaur Bones

2007, Animator

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So You Want to be President?

2001, Animation Supervisor

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Good Night Old Man

1979, Director, Animator

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Panda to the Rescue

1999, Animation Director

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Pheno was Here

1982, Animation

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Hairy MacLary - Ten Favourite Stories

1997, Director

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Small Blacks TV

2012, Animation Director

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A Speck of Truth

1976, Director, Editor

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The Return

2007, Animator

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The Huff’n Puff Show

2001, Director, Animator

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The Wizard and his Magic Spells

1984, Director, Animator

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Oscar and Friends

1996, Director

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Musacus

2006, Director, Animator

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Heavy Metal

1980, Animator

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The Peaceful Partisans of the World

1975, Director, Editor

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Dave 'n' Elbit

2003, Writer, Director, Animator

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Norman's New Garden

1979, Graphics

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My Senator and Me

2008, Animator

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The Sadness of the Post Intellectual Art Critic (Art Man)

1979, Camera

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Ella Fitzgerald - A Tale of a Vocal Virtuoso

2003, Animator

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Shrinking Violet

2002, Animator

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Ready to Read

1986, Director, Animator

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The Magical World of Margaret Mahy

1994 - 1994, Writer, Director

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Ma Olsen

1977, Camera

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