Bits and pieces through the years

1947

The 'story of my birth'

The ‘story of my birth’

My dad, Stan Pearsall, was a very talented Disney animator for the offshoot division Animaland under GB Animation, part of the Rank Organisation.  One of his cartoons, as senior animator can be seen on YouTube.

He penned and illustrated this charming poem, which is more truth than fiction concerning the circumstances of my birth (25th June 1947). The words are:

This is the story of Joan and the pud

Who lived on a boat when Thames were in flood

She mixed up a batter and opened up oven

And being a big one with pushing and shovin’

She rammed it inside and switched on the heat

Then crawled back to bed – she was feeling quite beat

This was at two, I forgot to mention

And though she worked with every intention

Aint I a bonnie lass

Ain’t I a bonnie lass?

When bed time arrived we got it at last!

She opened up oven and to her surprise

The pud were so big, t’were a sight for sore eyes

She levered it up as best she were able

And when it was out, t’were bigger than table!

 

Then up sprung a blizzard and water went wild

And thinking of peril for Joan and wee child

I frantic’ly looked for a boat but t’were none.

Things looked bloody black and we thought we were done.

Then suddenly smote with a wondrous idea…

Lifting up Yorkshire said, “Nothing to fear!

Just sit next to me when I put it in water –

Pearsall Coat of Arms

Pearsall Coat of Arms

I’ll row pud to bank and save thee and thee daughter!”

Now all safe and sound we’re living on shore

Joan gave birth to lass, and I’ll tell you what’s more:

The pud that got wet when put into water

Is wetter inside now it’s used by m’daughter

To sleep in at night – as a cradle it’s good –

But what-a-to-do with a girl and a pud!

1948

At around 18 months

At around 18 months

 

Animator of Ginger Nutt. at Moor Hall

Animator of Ginger Nutt. at Moor Hall

 

 

 

 

 

1949

David Dodd Hand, director of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full length animated feature film (1937)

David Dodd Hand, director of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full length animated feature film (1937)

At my baptism, David Hand became my godfather.

My baptism certificate

My baptism certificate

My mum, Joan (now Fletcher) was his secretary. It was while working for David that she met my dad in 1946.

It was also during this time that I showed promise as an artist, or so my artist daddy thought (hoped?)!

Here is a sample of such efforts:

I drew, daddy captioned:

Can you see what I see old boy?

Can you see what I see old boy?

 to be continued . . .