Aard­man cre­ations Six of the best

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Morph

The gob­blede­gook-speak­ing, shapeshift­ing, clay stop-mo­tion char­ac­ter fea­tured in BBC shows in­clud­ing Take Hart and Hart­beat in the 1970s and 1980s. New crowd­funded episodes were launched on Morph’s YouTube chan­nel in 2014 and broad­cast a year later.

Sledge­ham­mer

Aard­man worked on the an­i­ma­tion in the ground­break­ing mu­sic video for Peter Gabriel’s 1986 hit.

Crea­ture Com­forts

Park’s 1989 mock­u­men­tary short for Chan­nel 4 matched an­i­mated an­i­mals to a sound­track of peo­ple talk­ing about their homes. It won a best an­i­mated short film Os­car and spawned the 1990s TV ad cam­paign for Heat Elec­tric.

Wal­lace and Gromit

Aard­man’s best known char­ac­ters made their de­but in Park’s stu­dent film A Grand Day Out in 1989, and fea­tured in TV fol­low-ups The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave, which both won Os­cars.

Chicken Run

Aard­man’s first fea­ture-length pro­duc­tion fea­tured the voices of Mel Gib­son and Jane Hor­rocks and is the high­est-gross­ing stop-mo­tion an­i­mated film ever, ahead of The Curse of the Were-Rab­bit, with box of­fice tak­ings of nearly $225m.

Shaun the Sheep

De­vel­oped from a char­ac­ter first seen in A Close Shave, the chil­dren’s show first ap­peared on the BBC in 2007 and be­came a global TV hit, now run­ning to 150 episodes.

PHO­TO­GRAPH: GRAEME ROBERT­SON/GUARDIAN

▲ Wal­lace in a Mat­ter of Loaf and Death

Morph

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