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Aardman Animation Studios Timeline

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Aardman Animation Studios Timeline
Aardman animations are best known for their model animations. The studios have been nominated for 10 Oscars of which they have won 4. They have created characters such as Wallace and Gromit, Morph and Angry Kid. The studio mainly creates independent films as well as some work for broadcasters and advertisers.
1972 – Formed
Peter Lord and David Sproxton registered the company name Aardman Animations in 1972. Originally the company was a low budget project, with Sproxton and Lord wanting to be able to produce an animated motion picture.
1976 – Morph (Claymation)
In 1976 Aardman created one of their most well-known characters, Morph, for the children’s TV show “Take Hart” Morph mainly appeared in one minute “shorts” throughout the show. He speech was in comprehensible however he made gestures and movements that helped the viewer to understand him. Morph was also able to change his morphology e.g. he could change into spheres in order to move around, this could be done because Morph was made out of clay so he could be reshaped.
1982 – Conversation Pieces
Channel 4 commissioned the TV show “Conversation pieces” in 1982. The show was aimed at adults and was produced by Aardman. The show allowed Aardman to use innovative techniques which included animating puppet characters for real life conversations.
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2008 – 2012 A matter of loaf and deaf & Pirates! – In an Adventure with Scientists.
2005-2007 – Fire & Flushed Away
2005 – Wallace and Gromit The Curse of the Were Rabbit
2000 – Chicken Run
1998 – Stage Fright
1990 – Wallace and Gromit
1990 – First Oscar
1989 - 5 Minute Films (Lip Synch)
1986 – Music Video
Nick Park created creature comforts as part of the Lip Synch series; this was the first Aardman production to win an Oscar. The original creature comforts film was five minutes long and showed animals in a zoo being interviewd about their living conditions. The film had a balance of opinions about the zoo rather than all the animals being unhappy about their living conditions. The film won the Academy Award for Best animated short film in 1990
Chicken Run was the first full length theatrical feature film to be made by Aardman and it was funded by Dreamworks. It was directed by Nick Park and Peter Lord and was released in 2000. IT was a hit at the box office where it grossed over $220 million worldwide.
In 1998 Aardman won a BAFTA for the 11 minute short film Stage Fright. The show was commissioned by channel 4. The film was directed by Steve Box who had also worked on The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave.
In 2005 Aardman created Wallace and Gromit’s first full length feature film “The Curse of The Were Rabbit” Like Chicken Run the film was a hit at the box office across the world and it topped the box office charts in America and the UK. The film also won the BAFTA for the best british film and the Academy Award for the Best Animated feature film.
The latest Wallace and Gromit 30 minute film was aired on Christmas day 2008 and was called “A Matter of Loaf and Death” It received record viewing figures of 16.15million. It won the BAFTA for best animated short film meaning every Wallace and Gromit film has won a BAFTA.
In 2012 the company released its latest feature film Pirates! – In an Adventure with Scientists.

After the release of “The Curse of the Were Rabbit” there was a fire at an Aardman storage warehouse, this destroyed many props and character models created by Aardman.
In 2007 Aardamn released its first computer animated film Flushed Away. The film was released in 2006 and nominated for a BAFTA in 2007
In 1989 the studio was commisioned by Channel 4 to create a series of five, 5 minute films. This serious was seen as ground breaking because it further explored using real life voices for animated characters. Aardman began hiring more animators at this point and three of the new animators made their debut for the Lip Synch series. One of the new animators was Nick Park.
In 1986 Aardman collaborated with Stephen Johnson and the Brothers Quay to create a new rock music video, Sledgehammer. Aardman provided animation to the video and the video went on to collect many awards.
In 1990 Nick Park created two of Aardman most memorable characters Wallace and Gromit. They debuted in their first short film “A Grand Day Out” in 1990. They have since starred in three more 30 minute films and the feature length film “Wallace and Gromit the Curse of the Were Rabbit”. Wallace and Gromit is shot using stop motion animation. The movies are shot one frame at a time, moving the characters slightly each time to give the impression of movement. Wallace and Gromit was typically filmed at 30 frames per day, this meant just over 1 second of film could be animated each day. The special effects achieved in Wallace and Gromit within the limitations of stop motion animation were seen as pioneering and ambitious.
In 1993 a Wallace and Gromit film “The wrong trousers” won an Oscar as did “A Close Shave” 1995 and Wallace and Gromit were now firmly established as household names.
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