Video: Circus Invasion!

What happens when aliens attack the big top in this brilliant animated short made by young people?


  • Emily Jost
  • Education

On Tuesday 11 August, a group of young people came to House of Illustration and produced a collaborative animated short: Circus Invasion.

Let’s Animate! Was House of Illustration’s first one-day course for 8-12 year olds. I really wanted us to do something exciting, so it had to be animation. Animator Tom Hillenbrand created a wonderful, inclusive workshop for nine young people who spent a day working as a team to come up with a storyline, characters and sets in cut-out paper, which they animated themselves.

The young animators worked together brilliantly, thrashed out ideas, helped each other and brought together their vivid imaginations to make this fabulous film, which you can now watch online.