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It tells a humorous version of the life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859), a famous British engineer. Using a lot of puns and silly animation, the film recounts Brunel's eventful career, including the construction of a tunnel under the River Thames, a bridge over the Avon, the Great Western Railway, and large ships such as the SS ''Great Western''.

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It tells a humorous version of the life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel UsefulNotes/IsambardKingdomBrunel (1806-1859), a famous British engineer. Using a lot of puns and silly animation, the film recounts Brunel's eventful career, including the construction of a tunnel under the River Thames, a bridge over the Avon, the Great Western Railway, and large ships such as the SS ''Great Western''.

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* HuddleShot: Of bystanders looking down on Brunel after he has a heart attack.


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* TheKenBurnsEffect: Some zoom-outs of stills showing the SS ''Great Eastern'' under construction in a shipyard.

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* MustacheTwirlingVillain: The guy from the House of Lords twirls his mustache before opposing Brunel's railway as too expensive and impractical.

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* StukaScream: A "Stuka scream", of all things, is used as audio accompaniment of a ridiculous 19th century airship crashing into the ocean.


* FollowTheBouncingBall: Seen in a a musical segment where a song that might be called "Get a Big Top Hat" praises Brunel's choice in headgear.
* ImpairmentShot: Brunel's vision is blurred when he comes to after apparently having a heart attack at the launching of his ship, the SS ''Great Eastern''.

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* FollowTheBouncingBall: Seen in a a musical segment where a song that might be called "Get a Big Top Hat" praises Brunel's choice in headgear.
* ImpairmentShot: Brunel's vision is blurred when he comes to after apparently having a heart attack at the launching of his ship, the SS ''Great Eastern''. It's followed immediately by a HuddleShot of concerned bystanders.


''Great'' was produced by Grantstern Films and distributed by British Lion. It won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Animated Short Film at the 48th Academy Awards in March 1976 (the first British animated short to be so honoured), and also won the UsefulNotes/{{BAFTA}} for Best Animated Film the same year.

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''Great'' was produced by Grantstern Films and distributed by British Lion. It won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Animated Short Film at the 48th Academy Awards in March 1976 (the first British animated short to be so honoured), and also won the UsefulNotes/{{BAFTA}} for Best Animated Film the same year.
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* OffIntoTheDistanceEnding: Ends with Brunel's giant ship, the ''Great Eastern'', sailing away.


It tells a humorous version of the life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a 19th century British engineer. Using a lot of puns and silly animation, the film recounts Brunel's eventful career, including the construction of a tunnel under the River Thames, a bridge over the Avon, the Great Western Railway, and large ships such as the SS ''Great Western''.

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It tells a humorous version of the life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Brunel (1806-1859), a 19th century famous British engineer. Using a lot of puns and silly animation, the film recounts Brunel's eventful career, including the construction of a tunnel under the River Thames, a bridge over the Avon, the Great Western Railway, and large ships such as the SS ''Great Western''.


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* OneWordTitle: ''Great''


''Great'' is a 28-minute animated film released in 1975, telling a humorous version of the life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It was directed by Bob Godfrey, produced by Grantstern Films and distributed by British Lion.

''Great'' won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Animated Short Film at the 48th Academy Awards in March 1976 (the first British animated short to be so honoured), and also won the UsefulNotes/{{BAFTA}} for Best Animated Film the same year.

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''Great'' is a 28-minute animated film released in 1975, telling directed by Bob Godfrey.

It tells
a humorous version of the life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It Brunel, a 19th century British engineer. Using a lot of puns and silly animation, the film recounts Brunel's eventful career, including the construction of a tunnel under the River Thames, a bridge over the Avon, the Great Western Railway, and large ships such as the SS ''Great Western''.

''Great''
was directed by Bob Godfrey, produced by Grantstern Films and distributed by British Lion.

''Great''
Lion. It won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Animated Short Film at the 48th Academy Awards in March 1976 (the first British animated short to be so honoured), and also won the UsefulNotes/{{BAFTA}} for Best Animated Film the same year.

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* ImpairmentShot: Brunel's vision is blurred when he comes to after apparently having a heart attack at the launching of his ship, the SS ''Great Eastern''.

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* {{Rotoscoping}}: Done with live-action footage of a train and railway for the scene where Brunel constructs a railway from London to Bristol.

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* VisualInnuendo: The line about his wife being delighted about Bunuel's big, um, top hat, is suggestive enough. But it's accompanied by a shot of a steam engine piston, thrusting back and forth.

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* FollowTheBouncingBall: Seen in a a musical segment where a song that might be called "Get a Big Top Hat" praises Brunel's choice in headgear.

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* CapturedByCannibals: A bit about Britain's growing empire in the 19th century shows two white missionaries in Africa, being cooked in the standard iron pot by the natives.

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* MediumBlending: There's clip-art animation, hand-drawn animation, and bits of live action, such as StockFootage of a celebrating crowd and a fireworks show.


* ClipArtAnimation: Much of the film is done with rather Creator/TerryGilliam-esque clip-art animation. Queen Victoria's ascent to the throne is illustrated by a picture of the Queen rising out of a toilet.



* RogerRabbitEffect: The live-action railway footage used as the basis for one segment was used a few years later in unmodified form for a television ad in the United States.

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* RogerRabbitEffect: The live-action railway footage used as the basis for one segment was used a few years later in unmodified form for a television ad in the United States.States.
* VisualPun: Queen Victoria's ascent to the throne is shown with a shot of the Queen rising out of a toilet--a "throne".

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