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Western Animation / Protect and Survive

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In 1975, at the behest of the British government, Richard Taylor Cartoons (creators of Crystal Tipps and Alistair and the Charley Says public information films) produced a series of animated shorts providing instructions to the general public on how to protect themselves and their homes in the event of a nuclear strike on the United Kingdom. The films were originally intended to air only in the event of a national emergency, but leaked copies made their way to the CND and The BBC, sparking intense public controversy around the nature and supposed effectiveness of the advice given.


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  • Anyone Can Die: Instructions are provided on what do with a corpse in the event of this.
  • Apocalypse Anarchy: Produced with the aim of avoiding this by encouraging people to remain in their homes since “no place in the United Kingdom is safer than any other.”
  • Emergency Broadcast: Meant to be shown if a potential nuclear war was imminent.
  • The '80s: Although produced in the mid-seventies, a Panorama broadcast of leaked footage in 1980 meant that the series went on to be associated far more with the Cold War paranoia of The '80s than of previous decades.
  • Every Episode Ending: Each short ends with the logo forming up to the sound of the series' infamously creepy electronic sign-off tune.


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