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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 and flies back across the ocean. He lands safely back where he started - although on a thistle!

Questions & Activities


  • What elements in the film show Scottish culture?
  • How realistic is this film? What genre is it?
  • What stereotypes can you see in the film?
  • How do you think the depiction of the people on the island reflects the attitudes of Scottish people at the time the film was made?
  • Can you spot uses of Scots language?
  • What do you know about life in 1916?
  • Where do you think this film was shown and to whom?


Find out about the history of the motor car.

Research the history of the British Empire and Colonialism.

Find out about cinemagoing during the First World War.

Create a short animation using paper cut-outs.

Create a soundtrack for the film using voice and percussion.

Write the story from the point of view of one of the characters.

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

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
Event First World War, Colonialism, British Empire, Golf
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 3:27
Film Length 03:27
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