Ivor Sydney Wood
4 May 1932
|Died||13 October 2004 72) (aged|
Born in Leeds to an English father and a French mother, his family moved to the mountains near Lyon, France, after the Second World War, where he was educated. He studied fine art in Paris, and later worked in an advertising agency in Paris, where he met Serge Danot. Together they made the acclaimed French series Le Manège Enchanté (known in English as The Magic Roundabout), with Wood as the animator.
Following the success of The Magic Roundabout in the UK, Wood partnered with the London-based animation company FilmFair. Wood became both animator and director for a number of FilmFair's animated children's programmes, starting with The Herbs in 1968. During the 1970s he animated and directed Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings, Hattytown Tales, The Adventures of Parsley, The Wombles and Paddington.
Woodland Animations was founded in 1973 by Ivor Wood and his wife Josiane, specifically to produce stop-motion animated series for the BBC. The company produced a number of programmes, the earliest and most popular of which was Postman Pat.
Following the high popularity of Postman Pat, new seasons of it were made starting with specials in 1991, 1994 and 1996, and the show has been produced ever since. In 2001, Woodland Animations was sold to Entertainment Rights, now part of DreamWorks Classics, which was subsequently acquired by NBCUniversal as part of their purchase of DreamWorks Animation.
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