THE HYSTERICAL LAUGHTER OF THE CARTOON VILLAIN (working title) is a long-form creative documentary exploring the psycho-social relationship between villainy and laughter as revealed through the character of ‘Clovis’, an animated antihero whose design makes reference to a series of Hanna-Barbera villains voiced by the American actor Paul Lynde in the late 1960s. The film interweaves animation, documentary materials and interviews with specialists including laughter researcher Sophie Scott and animation scholars Paul Wells and John Airlie. Directed and produced by Richard Squires, the film is co-produced by Madeleine Molyneaux. Director of Photography is Barbara Nicholls with second unit cinematography by Willy Busfield. Animation by Elroy Simmons. Associate Producer Abigail Addison. Funded by the Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England and Kingston University.