History Aardman Animation Ltd. is a British animation studio in Bristol, United Kingdom. It is known for its stop motion clay animation techniques. It is best known for Wallace and Gromit. It was founded in 1972 by Peter Lord and David Sproxton who both had a dream toproduce an animated motion picture. The partnership started to create animated sequence for a BBC series for deaf children called Vision On. They then made a clay animation called Greeblies which then was the inspiration for them to create Morph which was a simple clay character that explores. The name “Aardman” was taken from one of the superhero’s that were created in Vision On in 1972. Even though they are known for there claymotion productions Aardman was cel- animated. The name comes from a Dutch work “aarde” which means earth.
Key Film/Creations Wallace & Gromit Director : Steve Box and Nick Park Wallace & Gromit is two characters that are best friends and each ﬁlm has a different adventure to it. The Films that include Wallace & Gromit are “A Matter Of Loaf and Death”, “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit”, “Cracking Contraptions”, “The Wrong Trousers”, “A Close Shave” and “A Grand Day Out” Each ﬁlm is about the adventures they go through, towards the end they will always be together. What always comes up in Wallace and Gromit ﬁlms is that Wallace loves cheese. This is what they are known for and there saying is “Cheese Gromit” which the audience picks up.Everything in the ﬁlm and the characters are all made from clay and using istop motion to create the animation. This requires details and each character has to have a body language to describe each one.
Key Film/Creations Shaun The Sheep Director : Nick Park Shaun the sheep is about a ﬂock of sheep that act human like behind a human’s back. The farmer doesn’t know that his sheeps are like this but Shaun goes through different adventures in each episodes there is another character which is the sheepdog that helps shaun through these adventures behind the farmers back. All the characters are made from clay using istop motion. Each character has humanabilities, behaviour and intelligence but they are shown in different ways. The sheep dog is like a human behind the farmers back and his facial expressions shows what his personality is like, he seems moody, angry and confused with what the other sheeps does and even though he is sheep dog it seems that they never listen to him.
Key CharactersGromit symbolises the ﬁlms Wallace and Gromit, He is important in the ﬁlm as he is the main character along side Wallace. Even though Gromit doesn’t speak you can understand what he is trying to say through his actions andfacial expressions. Gromit is very laid back and prefers to sit back on a armchair with the newspaper. Gromit always has to solve and save Wallace when he is in his situations and problems. Even though the audience can see that Gromit is a dog they see him as Wallace’s best friend and a human like him because of what he does he walks around on two feet instead of four which shows what kind of character he is like.
Key Technology All of Aardman animations are done by stop motion clay animations and this is whatAardman is known for. They create each different character differently and using patience they use the program stop motion to create the animation that they are trying to make.