who remember Tottie when it was first shown, these films made quite an
impression, not only because they have gone down in history as the first
childrens' programme to include a murder, but for the enormous skill in
animation, voice, and editing which Oliver brought to Rumer Godden's haunting
story. Although deceptively simple, Oliver conveyed subtleties of
expression with the wooden and porcelain dolls, highlighting thereby the
economy of movement needed to tell a good story well. And this is a good
story. It does not shy away from a philosophy of playmaking that honours
children as the active participants in a doll's world. It was Oliver's intelligence
and instinct that persuaded Rumer Godden, the author of the stories to let him
make them into small films, and it a pleasure to restore the first series,
twenty five years after they were first shown.
is a second series of five stories, made by
Smallfilms, entitled 'Tottie, A Doll's Wish' but
currently we can only find a faded copy of it on VHS from which to make DVDs !
please check our website for news of its availability and email
us if you are interested.