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Encyclopedia > Aardman Animations
Aardman Animations, Ltd.
Type clay/stop-motion animated studio
Founded 1976
Headquarters Bristol, England, UK Flag of United Kingdom
Key people Peter Lord
Nick Park
David Sproxton
Industry Clay/stop-motion animation
Website aardman.com

Aardman Animations, Ltd., also known as Aardman Studios, is an Academy Award winning British animation studio based in Bristol, United Kingdom. Aardman is famous for its claymation/stop-motion animation productions, particularly plasticine duo Wallace & Gromit. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The term Claymation is a registered trademark created by Will Vinton Studios to describe their clay animated movies; the more generic term is clay animation, but the portmanteau claymation has entered the English language as a genericized trademark. ... Stop motion is an animation technique which makes things that are static appear to be moving. ... Animation studios, like movie studios may be production facilities, or financial entities. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... View from Cumberland Basin of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avon Gorge Bristol (IPA: ) is a city, unitary authority and ceremonial county in South West England, 115 miles (185 km) west of London and between the cities of Bath, Gloucester and Newport. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Peter Lord (born 1953) is co-founder of Aardman Animations, a British animation firm best known for claymation films including those involving the characters Wallace and Gromit, and the 2000 film Chicken Run. ... Nicholas Wulstan Park, CBE (b. ... This article contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... The term Claymation is a registered trademark created by Will Vinton Studios to describe their clay animated movies; the more generic term is clay animation, but the portmanteau claymation has entered the English language as a genericized trademark. ... Stop motion is an animation technique which makes things that are static appear to be moving. ... Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of images of 2-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, images, videos and other digital assets and hosted on a particular domain or subdomain on the World Wide Web. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Animation is the rapid display of a sequence of images of 2-D artwork or model positions in order to create an illusion of movement. ... View from Cumberland Basin of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avon Gorge Bristol (IPA: ) is a city, unitary authority and ceremonial county in South West England, 115 miles (185 km) west of London and between the cities of Bath, Gloucester and Newport. ... The term Claymation is a registered trademark created by Will Vinton Studios to describe their clay animated movies; the more generic term is clay animation, but the portmanteau claymation has entered the English language as a genericized trademark. ... Stop motion is an animation technique which makes things that are static appear to be moving. ... Plasticine is a putty-like modelling material made from calcium salts, petroleum jelly and aliphatic acids. ... Wallace and Gromit are the main characters in a series of three British animated films by Nick Park of Aardman Animations. ...

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History

Aardman was founded as a small backyard project by Peter Lord and David Sproxton in 1976. Lord and Sproxton wanted to realize their dream of an animated motion picture. Their first big break was providing animated sequences for the children's art series Vision On; during this time they created Morph, a simple clay character. Around the same time Lord and Sproxton made their first foray into adult animation with the shorts Down and Out and Confessions of a Foyer Girl, entries in the BBC's Animated Conversations series, which used real-life conversations as soundtracks. However, these two shorts were not actual Aardman productions. Peter Lord (born 1953) is co-founder of Aardman Animations, a British animation firm best known for claymation films including those involving the characters Wallace and Gromit, and the 2000 film Chicken Run. ... This article contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... Vision On titles. ... Morph is an animated Plasticine stop-motion character who appeared with Tony Hart starting from 1977 on several of his UK TV programmes, notably Take Hart and Hart Beat. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion...


Later, Aardman produced a number of shorts for Channel 4; these included the Conversation Pieces series. These five shorts worked in the same area as the two shorts Lord and Sproxton made for Animated Conversations, but were more sophisticated. Lord and Sproxton began hiring more animators at this point; three of the newcomers made their directorial debut at Aardman with the Lip Synch series. Of the five Lip Synch shorts two were directed by Peter Lord, one by Barry Purves, one by Richard Goleszowski and one by Nick Park. It has been suggested that Channel Four Television Corporation be merged into this article or section. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Nicholas Wulstan Park, CBE (b. ...


Park's short, Creature Comforts, was the first Aardman production to win an Oscar. Park also developed the world-famous clay modelled shorts featuring the adventures of Wallace & Gromit, a comical yet buddyful "dreamteam": Wallace an english gentlemanthat happens to be a naive, green-knitted-tank-top-wearing inventor, and his best pal, the intelligent but silent dog, Gromit. The "cheeselovers“ withstand many adventures such as A Grand Day Out (1989), The Wrong Trousers (1993) and A Close Shave (1995). Nothing was gained for 'A Grand Day Out' but 'The Wrong Trousers' won an academy award and 'A close Shave' was nominated for one. In the year 2000 Aardman Studios "let the birds" fly with Chicken Run, an awarded worldwide box-office hit. This movie was Aardman's first feature film. 2005 and after ten years being on holiday Wallace and Gromit returned very rested and relaxed on the silver screen in Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and caught the next Academy award for full-length animated film. Creature Comforts was originally a 1989 animated short film made in Britain about how animals feel about living in a zoo, and later became a series of commercials for Heat Electric. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Wallace and Gromit are the main characters in a series of three British animated films by Nick Park of Aardman Animations. ... A Grand Day Out is a 1989 animated film directed and animated by Nick Park at Aardman Animations in Bristol, featuring his characters Wallace and Gromit. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Wrong Trousers is a 1993 animated film directed by Nick Park at Aardman Animations in Bristol, featuring his characters Wallace and Gromit. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Wallace and Gromit on their way to wash windows A Close Shave is a 1995 animated film directed by Nick Park at Aardman Animations in Bristol, featuring his characters Wallace and Gromit. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the movie. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


While Aardman is best known for stop motion, the studio has also dabbled in CGI with productions such as Al Dante, Planet Sketch and Flushed Away. Planet Sketch is a television show airing on Teletoon, and the Latin American Cartoon Network, on Jetix in Scandinavia and Turkey,RTE Two in Ireland,as well as CITV in Britain and coming to the US Nicktoons Network in the spring of 2007. ... Flushed Away is a computer - animated film directed by David Bowers and Sam Fell. ...


Aardman Features is a feature film division of Aardman Animations. A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ...


Dreamworks and Aardman signed a 3-picture deal after the success of Chicken Run. On the October 3, 2006, The New York Times reported that due to creative differences Dreamworks Animation and Aardman would not be extending their contract. [1] According to Aardman spokesman Arthur Sheriff: "The business model of DreamWorks no longer suits Aardman and vice versa. But the split couldn't have been more amicable." [2] DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. ... October 3 is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City by Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. ...


As of 2nd April 2007 Aardman has signed a three-year deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment. Aardman co-founder Peter Lord remarked "We are all very excited by the potential and have a number of projects we are keen to bring to fruition with this new relationship."[3] This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Company name

The company name is taken from one of its early characters created for Vision On in 1972. Aardman was a cel-animated superhero. Unfortunately the original stills were lost in a fire (see below)[4]. In Dutch aard means earth and man just means man. You probably knew clay comes out of the earth. (Although, aardman is usually translated as goblin)


Selected productions

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Warehouse fire

On October 10, 2005, a fire at Aardman's storage warehouse destroyed over 30 years of props, models, scenery and awards collected by the company. This warehouse was used for storage of past projects and so did not prevent the production of their current projects at the time. In addition, the company's library of finished films were stored elsewhere and were undamaged. An electrical fault was determined to be the cause of the blaze. [5] Nick Park was quoted as saying, "Even though it is a precious and nostalgic collection and valuable to the company, in light of other tragedies, today isn't a big deal."[6] October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Non-Aardman productions by Aardman directors

A number of Aardman directors have worked at other studios, taking the distinctive Aardman style with them. As a result, there are some animated films that, while not actually made by Aardman, are often mistaken for Aardman productions, and may be of interest to fans of the studio.


Barry Purves, director of the Aardman short Next, also directed Hamilton Mattress for Harvest Films. The film, a half-hour special that premiered on Christmas Day 2001, was produced by Chris Moll, producer of the Wallace and Gromit short film The Wrong Trousers. The models were provided by Mackinnon & Saunders, Nickelodeon Party Holiday, 12 Days of Nickmas, a firm that did the same for Bob the Builder and Corpse Bride. Look up Next in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Christmas is an annual holiday that marks the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wallace and Gromit Wallace and Gromit are the main characters in a series of three British animated short films, a series of ten short animated sequences, and a feature-length film by Nick Park of Aardman Animations. ... Short subject is an American film industry term that historically has referred to any film in the format of two reels, or approximately 20 minutes running time, or less. ... The Wrong Trousers is a 1993 animated film directed by Nick Park at Aardman Animations in Bristol, featuring his characters Wallace and Gromit. ... The 12 Days of Nickmas is a commercial that first aired on December 4th, 2002, and aired around Christmas time on Nickelodeon until Christmas 2005. ... Bob the Builder is a childrens television clay character created by Keith Chapman. ... Tim Burtons Corpse Bride is a 2005 Academy Award-nominated stop-motion-animation film based loosely on a 19th century Russian-Jewish folktale version of an older Jewish story and set in a fictional Victorian era England. ...


Similarly, Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire, a BBC Bristol/Comic Relief production, was directed by Richard Goleszowski, creator of Rex the Runt. Its sequel, Robbie the Reindeer in Legend of the Lost Tribe, was directed by Peter Peake, whose directorial credits for Aardman include Pib and Pog and Humdrum. Robbie the Reindeer is the title character in two animated BBC Christmas comedy television specials, filmed in aid of Comic Relief. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The main characters. ... Robbie the Reindeer is the title character in two animated BBC Christmas comedy television specials, filmed in aid of Comic Relief. ... Pib and Pog is an animation made by Aardman Animations. ... Humdrum is an animated short film directed by Peter Peake. ...

Books

  • Peter Lord & Brian Sibley: Cracking Animation (1998) Thames & Hudson; ISBN 0-500-28168-8
  • Wallace & Gromit and the Lost Slipper (1997)
  • Wallace & Gromit in Anoraknophobia (1998)
  • Wallace & Gromit: Crackers in Space (1999)
  • Creating Creature Comforts (2003)
  • The World of Wallace & Gromit (2004)

See also

This article is about the movie. ... Wallace and Gromit Wallace and Gromit are the main characters in a series of three British animated short films, a series of ten short animated sequences, and a feature-length film by Nick Park of Aardman Animations. ... This is a list of animated feature-length films from around the world organised chronologically by year; theatrical releases as well as made-for-TV and direct-to-video movies. ... This is a list of stop-motion films from around the world organised in order of release date; theatrical releases as well as made-for-TV and direct-to-video movies. ...

External links


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Aardman Animations - Joost Link (109 words)
Multi award-winning animation studio Aardman bring you an assortment of hilarious comedy shorts, including Nick Park's Oscar winning Creature Comforts and the series that followed that short film.
Also featuring is the BBC comedy classic Rex The Runt, the original Aardman clay character Morph, madcap mayhem in A Town Called Panic, The Aussie with no cozzy - The Adventures of Jeffrey, and a selection of animated short films.
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If children do send personal information to Aardman, such as writing to our guestbook, sending e-mail, etc., the information is deleted but note that Aardman cannot always determine that a user is a child.
Aardman does not release any information about the collection of this address to any third party except under court order.
Aardman customers may also verify their personal information that is on record at Aardman.
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