London is the backdrop for many amazing things – including some corking classic kids programmes and films that take us back our childhood. We’ve done a bit of regressing (as if we needed to) in order to bring you our top five fave cartoons…
1. Peter Pan (1953)
Peter Pan discovers Peter, John and Wendy Darling in their Edwardian Bloomsbury home and takes them for their first flight across the rooftops of London. A beautiful animated scene that makes flashy aerial shots of London from The Apprentice look like child’s play.
2. Mary Poppins (1664) / Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
We’ve put these two together because they’re both technically only half cartoon – but they are so integral to the list. Despite possibly the dodgiest cockney accent ever heard courtesy of Dick Van Dyke, Mary Poppins captures the fairy-tale charm of London. In ‘Bedknobs’, Angela Lansbury’s magical bedknob sends the children to a London street where they discover a spell that bring inanimate objects to life. Both films capture the fantastical magic of the big smoke.
3. 101 Dalmatians (1961)
Perdy and Pongo and all those black and white pups prance all over London trying to defeat the dastardly (and deftly named) Cruella De Vil. See On this day for a map featuring a ‘101 Dalmatians’ walking tour of London.
4. Paddington Bear (since 1958)
It is undeniable, he is an icon. That blue duffle coat and red felt hat have captivated audiences for over 50 years. Once confined to the pages of endless children’s books, Paddington and his marmalade sandwiches has now featured in his own BBC television adaptation, a feature film, been used in Marmite ads, been the face of a first class stamp and even had his own Google logo commissioned.
5. The Muppets Christmas Carol (1992)
Yes, we know, this is not technically a cartoon, the Muppets are of course puppets, but we just didn’t think we could create a list of London films that took us back to our childhood without mentioned ‘A Muppets Christmas Carol’. The Muppets have a merry old sing-a-long in the streets of Dickensian London. What’s not to love?