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The Making of Footrot Flats

Television (Full Length) – 1986

This documentary explores Footrot Flats's path from beloved comic strip to New Zealand's first animated feature. While Pat Cox, the original producer, stays off-screen, Footrot creator Murray Ball discusses moving from lone creator to directing a large team as they bring his world to life. Others discuss the challenges of finding an actor to voice Dog, the character that Ball admits is closest to him. Amongst the making-of footage, Dave Dobbyn talks music, and the late Mike Hopkins (who won Oscar glory on Lord of the Rings) lends his feet to the sound effects. Tony Hiles writes here about the making of the movie.

Scott found that Ball was the most fecund ideas person he had ever met ...Scott soon realised that his role would be to pare back the flood of material which was washed up each scripting session and to keep the storyline moving along.
– ZZZ page 20

Key Cast & Crew

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Dave Dobbyn

Subject, Composer

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Tom Scott


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Lesley Stevens

Producer, Director

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Murray Ball


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John Clarke


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Martin Didsbury


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Produced by

  • Magpie Productions

  • Magpie Productions