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King Billy’s First Car (1939)

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King Billy's first car

Original classification rating: not rated. This clip chosen to be PG

Clip description

This clip is a segment from an animated cinema advertisement for Super Shell oil. After unsuccessfully using a kangaroo as a mode of transport, King Billy and a koala solve their transportation problems by inventing an animal-made and animal-powered car which uses an unconventional form of fuel. At the end, the animals’ vehicle is replaced by a modern car that pulls into a Shell service station. A male voice-over announces that ‘time marches on, and with it comes Super Shell’.

Curator’s notes

Animation offers the flexibility and scope to depict events that are not possible (or acceptable) in a live-action format. Cartoonist Dick Ovenden draws a scenario in which King Billy creates an improvised car using his imagination and the resources at hand. The advertisement’s message is that time has marched on since the early days of motor vehicle manufacture and production, and that Super Shell meets the needs of modern drivers. This advertisement screened to cinema audiences over 60 years ago and, since then, advertising methods and social attitudes have also marched on.

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