Hi Mike, thanks for replying so quickly.
As I said, I'm building a list of things on one side of the screen which are picked out of a box and 'thrown' there by a bird (don't ask!!) With the ordinary images, I've used morphing to make the items leave the bird's beak and appear in the list, so the GIF image has to be capable of disappearing from the beak.
I would have done as you suggest, but I'm using the cream paper background. I think I may have found a workaround by just copying the stickman GIF as a static JPEG for the beak and using instant morphing to send it down to an out of sight point. It then appears in the list as its original animated GIF.
Probably not the best way, but I can't think of anything else at the minute.