Animation Series: Lift Off! 1985 All Ages
11.45am, Sun 23 Jan 2022 (61 mins)
Lift Off! celebrates the wonderous imaginative possibilities the world offers to children while championing the learnings that can be found along the way. A blend of live action, puppets and other animation styles.
Waltzing Matilda 1985 dir. Michael Cusack, Richard Chataway ACS (7:21 mins)
"An animated version of the famous poem by "Banjo" Paterson." Trove
Lift Off!: Load of Old Rubbish 1992 dir. Mario Andreacchio, Paul Nicola (54 mins)
"Lift Off is an innovative program about a group of young children who share a world of fun and imagination. Using a mix of actors, puppets and animation in a blend of fiction, fantasy and documentary, Lift Off is both educational and entertaining.
Nipper, Poss, Aku and the other children accept the fantastic as everyday – and interact with characters such as EC, the rag doll who makes dreams real; Lotis, the artificially-intelligent elevator; and Beverley, the magic pot-plant who sees into the world of nature. Other characters are designed to help children learn. For example, LOTIS is a lift that can take children to any place or time, encouraging them to explore the world and their imaginations. Backsaks uses language creatively and symbolically.
All of the characters' stories reflect the joys and occasional sorrows of growing up, and emphasise the wonder of new experiences. The storyline never underestimates the young child’s capacity to think, imagine, understand, question and learn.
Lift Off is an internationally acclaimed educational television series, integrating current thinking on child development and early childhood education. Each episode is underpinned by the acclaimed theories of Howard Gardiner; The Theory of Multiple Intelligences (1983) and Intelligence Reframed: Multiple Intelligences of the 21st century (1999)." Australian Children's Television Foundation, Melbourne
- Director /Script/Animator: Richard Chataway Acs
- Producers: John Morris, Susie Campbell
- Music: Peter Benson, Chris Neal
- Print Source / Rights: Anifex, Australian Children’s Television Fund
- Screening Format: DCP, 35mm, Stop Motion Animation, Clay
- Lift Off!: Load of Old Rubbish 1992
- Director: Paul Nichola
- Script: Rick Maier
- Animator: Chris Neal
- Year: 1985
- Runtime: 61 minutes
- Country: Australia
- Sound: Stereo
- Colour: Colour