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The Adventures of Wee Rob Roy

An early comic animation

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This is an early animated short film about the adventures of Wee Rob Roy. In this film we see Wee Rob Roy playing the bagpipes in his living-room. His mother tells him to stop and he is sent out. Wee Rob goes hunting and takes pot shots at a bird and a rabbit. He then watches some golfers and jumps into a car parked outside the Thistle Inn. He runs over a policeman and a fisherman, travels over rough terrain, crashes and is sent flying through the air. In a second sequence Rob Roy holds onto a bird's legs as it flies across the ocean, landing on a desert island where he is captured by the natives. Wee Rob is then shot out of a cannon by the natives and flies back across the ocean. He lands safely back where he started - although on a thistle!

Questions & Activities


  • If this was the only film you had seen about Scotland and Scottish people, what would you think they were like?
  • If this animation was being made today, how do you think Wee Rob Roy would be represented?
  • Do you think that the addition of dialogue or music would have enhanced or detracted from this animation?
  • How many characters can you recall? Who or what are they?
  • Where are the places he visits?


Create a voice-over for the film.

Create a soundtrack to give the mood of a specific genre (e.g. horror, comedy, road trip etc).

Write the story in words.

Have a discussion about the use of comedy and fantasy in animation.

This is Wee Rob Roy 1, write or storyboard Wee Rob Roy 2 - or re-make the film yourself using cut-outs and stop-motion photography.

List all the images you see that represent Scotland. Discuss the use of stereotypes in the film.

Compare the representation of Scottishness and racial stereotypes in this film with "MacNabs Visit to London". How are they similar or different?

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-107-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0635
Date 1916
Genre Animation, Cartoon
School Subject English, Media Studies, ICT, Geography, Social History, Music
Subject Matter Citizenship
Who Rob Roy (character)
Where Pacific, Scotland
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 3:27
Film Length 03:27
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