Britannia (1993)

Britannia shifted her concern from gender politics to imperialism in an animated history of the political cartoon.
With this short, Joanna Quinn makes an excellent satirical swipe at the British character that, using a bulldog as the symbol of that rise and subsequent recession, shows how, in the pursuit of wealth and power, it has robbed other nations of their pride and national wealth.

The dog discovers tea in India; then, the dog shakes gold out of Africa. Gradually, innocence gives way to more and more ferocious play with the ball. We see terrorized women and children as the dog becomes an enslaving potentate. Harmless English archetypes benefit from colonial riches. Then the world begins to grow, and the dog changes too, from bulldog to effete lap dog.

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