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