Bob Godfrey, the animator who created well-loved cartoon characters Roobarb and Custard and Henry’s Cat, has died, aged 91, his family has confirmed.
The news comes less than a week after the death of Richard Briers, who narrated Godfrey’s 1970s BBC1 series Roobarb and its 2005 follow-up Roobarb and Custard Too.
Known as the godfather of British animation, Godfrey won an Oscar and a Bafta for his 1975 short film Great – a satire on Victorian attitudes, about Isambard Kingdom Brunel – and was nominated for another for adult animation Kama Sutra Rides Again. He also produced television commercials.
But Godfrey remains best known for BBC childrens’ TV shows Roobarb and Henry’s Cat, which first aired in 1980. Both were hand-drawn with marker pens and animated in Godfrey’s inimitable anarchic style.
In response to the news of Godfrey’s death, Peter Lord, founder of Aardman Animations, which makes the Wallace & Gromit films, tweeted: “Ah! Dear old Bob Godfrey is no more. A great influence and inspiration to me and my generation of animators. Also a lovely bloke.”