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The Figurehead

A poem of unrequited love: the studio’s first puppet production. Based on a poem by Cosbie Garstin, the film tells the story of a carved wooden saint who is painted to look like a soldier and used as a figure-head on a sailing ship. The ship sinks and the figurehead is saved by a beautiful mermaid who falls in love with him. Her love is not returned because despite his dashing looks he has the wooden heart of a saint.

This clip is a compilation of more than one scene.

Year: 1953
Length: 9 mins
Production: John Halas, Joy Batchelor, Alan Crick
Direction: John Halas, Joy Batchelor
Script: Joy Batchelor
Design: Joy Batchelor
Animation: Alan Crick, Bob Privett
Music: Matyas Seiber


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