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Ask No Questions

An animation using wooden animals

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A range of toy animals come to life in this 1930s amateur animation. A man with a suitcase of wooden animals. A wooden monkey climbs out of reach onto a curtain. A wooden dog hides under the bed. Various wooden toy animals hide, perform tricks and play leapfrog.

Questions & Activities


  • How was this film made?
  • How many different animals can you spot?
  • Why do you think this film is called 'Ask No Questions'?
  • What do you think this film is about?


Make your own animation from toys in your toy box.

Add voices and sounds for the characters.

Write a story of what is happening in the film.

Create backgrounds using different artistic styles involving natural habitats for the animals.

Compose your own soundtrack to provide mood and atmosphere to the film. Try different tones to see how the narrative changes with the music.

Write your own poem/rhyme to fit with the animals in the film.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-529-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 7209
Date 1936
Genre Amateur, Animation, Women Filmmakers
School Subject Music, English, Art and Design
Subject Matter Animation
Who Violet Neish (Anderson), (director)
Attributes Black and White, Silent
Clip Length 3:46
Film Length 3:46
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