Barry J.C. Purves is an English animator, director and writer of puppet animation television and cinema and theatre designer and director, primarily for the Altrincham Garrick Playhouse in Manchester.
Known as one of Britain's most celebrated animators on account of his six short films (see filmography below), each of which has been nominated for numerous international awards (including Academy Award and British Academy Film Awards nominations), he has also directed and animated for several television programs and over seventy advertisements, title sequences and animated insert sequences. His film credits include being head animator for Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! (before the decision was made to use computer animation in place of stop motion), previsualization animation director for Peter Jackson's King Kong and being "casually involved," simultaneous to this, with animation for the same director's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King during the 2003 film's post-production.
Purves has taught animation, made documentaries, written articles for magazines and books and his own book Stop Motion: Passion, Process and Performance was released through Focal Press in 2007. He has held workshops about animation in several colleges in Europe and beyond as well as major North American studios such as DreamWorks, Pacific Data Images, Pixar and Will Vinton Studios (now Laika Entertainment House). Around 1996 he made plans to shoot a full-length film of Noye's Fludde, Benjamin Britten's opera version of a mystery play about the Deluge; one of his strangest credits was co-presenting, in Mandarin, the live final of the Chinese talent search show Super Girl in 2006.
A selection of his films, and those with animation by Ray Harryhausen, the bolexbrothers, Suzie Templeton and others, were included alongside those of Kihachirō Kawamoto himself in the Watershed Media Centre season Kawamoto: The Puppet Master in 2008.
- Next: The Infinite Variety Show (1989), a farce inspired by Shakespeare's plays in which William Shakespeare himself attempts to impress the twentieth-century theatre director Peter Hall, with music by Stuart Gordon of The Korgis, John Sheaff and Will Gregory of Goldfrapp.
- Oh, Mr. Toad (1990), which was co-directed with Jackie Cockle and Chris Taylor.
- Screen Play (1992), which recounts the Willow pattern story (relocated to Japan) in the style of East Asian physical theatre such as kabuki and Bunraku, narrated simultaneously in British Sign Language and English.
- Rigoletto (1993), which is part of the Operavox series of half-hour animated versions of operas commissioned by S4C.
- Achilles (1995), which recounts the story of Achilles and Patroclus in a style inspired by the theatre and sculpture of ancient Greece.
- Gilbert & Sullivan: The Very Models (1998)
- Hamilton Mattress (2001)
- Rupert Bear, Follow the Magic... (2006)
- Plume (2011)
- Tchaikovsky (2011), an introduction to the composer's life and works.
- Toby's Travelling Circus (2012)
A then-complete collection of Purves' short films, titled His Intimate Lives, is the first release from agnès b. DVD (a collaboration between the eponymous fashion designer and film producer with distributor Potemkine) and was released in on France June 17, 2008. The video presents each film at its intended aspect ratio but that of the widescreen Achilles, Gilbert and Sullivan and Hamilton Mattress is not anamorphic and, being released in 2008, the more recent Plume and Tchaikovsky are not included.
- Sharp, Jasper (April 2008). "Screening details". Kawamoto: The Puppet Master. Watershed Media Centre. Retrieved 2008-12-15.
- Purves, Barry. "Filmography". Barry J.C. Purves. Retrieved 2008-12-15.
- Purves, Barry (1996). "The Emperor's New Clothes". Animation World Network. Retrieved 2008-12-16.
- Purves, Barry. "Animation extras". Barry J.C. Purves. Retrieved 2008-12-29.[dead link]
- Purves, Barry. "Next". Barry JC Purves. Retrieved 2008-12-16.
- Purves, Barry (2008-08-25). "Screen Play". 4mations. Channel Four Television Corporation. Retrieved 2008-12-15.[dead link]
- His Intimate Lives (Media notes). Barry Purves. Paris, France: Potemkine/agnès b. 2008. EDV 2092.
- "Filmography". 2012. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
- "British Animation Classics Vol. 1". British Animation Awards. 2004. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
- "agnès b. DVD/Potemkine Collection". agnès b. 2009-04-01. Retrieved 24 May 2012. "Barry Purves, His Intimate Lives, a DVD gathering the full works of Barry Purves, brilliant representative of the English animation and unseen in France until now, inaugurated Potemkine agnès b. DVD first joint publishing."
- Tsuka (2008-04-17). "Intégrale de Barry Purves en DVD". Catsuka (in French). Retrieved 2008-12-16. "[…] ce joli petit film ainsi que 5 autres de ses court-métrages sortent en DVD en France le 17 juin […]"
- The DVD itself.