Brief HistoryAardman Animations, Ltd., also known asAardman Studios, which was founded in 1972 byPeter Lord and David Sproxton, is a Britishanimation studio based in Bristol, UnitedKingdom. The studio is known for films madeusing stop-motion clay animationtechniques, particularly those featuring Plasticinecharacters Wallace and Gromit. However, itsuccessfully entered the computer animationmarket with Flushed Away (2006).
Key Films / Creations - Wallace & Gromits Cracking Contraptions• Wallace & Gromits Cracking Contraptions was released on 15th October 2002, directed by Loyd Price and Christopher Sadler, produced by Harry Linden and Peter Lord, written by Merlin Crossingham, Seamus Malone, Nick Park, Loyd Price, Christopher Sadler and Mike Salter and starring Peter Sallis as Wallace. Wallace, an absent-minded inventor living in Wigan, Lancashire, is a cheese enthusiast who is especially fond of Wensleydale. His companion, Gromit, is an anthropomorphic intelligent dog. Wallace is voiced by veteran actor Peter Sallis; Gromit remains silent, communicating only through facial expressions and body language.
Key Films / Creations - Shaun the Sheep• Shaun the sheep was released on 5th March 2007, It was directed by Richard Goleszowski and Christopher Sadler, produced by David Sproxton, Peter Lord, Nick Park, Julie Lockhart and Gareth Owen, developed by Richard Goleszowski, Alison Snowden and David Fine and starring John Sparkes, Justin Fletcher, Kate Harbour, Richard Webber and Jo Allen. A premise of the series is that Shaun the sheep exhibits human intelligence, creativity, and behavior in a farm setting, which usually provides a situational comedy conflict which Shaun must resolve before the end of each episode. Recurring themes include the characters evading the sheepdog Bitzer and avoiding discovery by the Farmer.
Key Films / Creations – Angry kid• Angry kid was released on 1st January 1999, It was directed and created by Darren Walsh, written by Darren Walsh and Mike Cooper and also starred Darren Walsh. Angry Kid is sitting in the back of Dads car with a tissue. He then asks Dad, "Are we there yet?". "NO!", shouts the frustrated Dad. Angry Kid loudly blows his nose, saying that hes got "snot blocks". Annoyed, Dad tells Angry Kid to not push his luck, or hell take him to the childrens home. Angry Kid tells Dad that he doesnt love him. He says that its not fair. "Shut up!", Dad angrily tells his son. Feeling bad, Angry Kid then whips Dad with the tissue. Dad eventually gives up and tells Angry Kid that hes taking him to the childrens home. Scared, Angry Kid begs Dad not to. When Dad doesnt reassure him, Angry Kid ties the tissue around his mouth and writes on a piece of paper, "Help! Kidnap," and then shows it to a passing police car. When the police car starts honking its horn at Dad. Angry Kid then cackles evilly, thinking that his plan is going to work.
Key Films / Creations - The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists• The Pirates was released on 28th March 2012, directed by Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt (co-director), produced by Julie Lockhart, Peter Lord, Carla Shelley and David Sproxton, written by Gideon Defoe and starring Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Piven, Imelda Staunton and David Tennant. Not since "Moby-Dick,.".No, not since "Treasure Island,.". Actually, not since Jonah and the Whale has there been a sea saga to rival "The Pirates In an Adventure with Scientists," featuring the greatest sea-faring hero of all time, the immortal Pirate Captain, who, although he lives for months at a time at sea, somehow manages to keep his beard silky and in good condition.
Key Characters• Peter Lord (born 1953 in Bristol, United Kingdom) is a British film producer, director and co-founder of the Academy award-winning Aardman Animations studio, an animation firm best known for its clay animated films and shorts, particularly those featuring plasticine duo Wallace &Gromit.• David Sproxtonis one of the co-founders (together with Peter Lord) of the Aardman Animations studio.David graduated from Collingwood College, University of Durham before starting as an animator, producing segments for the Vision On TV program, Sproxton and Lord created the character of Morph for Take Hart (which featured Tony Hart, the artist from Vision On).He is credited as the cinematographer for the BAFTA Award nominated War Story, and the Oscar nominated Adam, as well as the Oscar winning Creature Comforts directed by Nick Park.Other production credits include Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Arthur Christmas.In May 2006, Sproxton (along with Peter Lord) visited the "Aardman Exhibit" at the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan, where he met HayaoMiyazaki.Miyazaki has long been a fan of the Aardman Animation works. Sproxton was created a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) on 17 June 2006.