Friday, January 05, 2007

What have Aardman been upto?

This post is in response to a comment left by michael

I too was thinking, "what have Aardman been doing lately" and initially thought that they seemed to have cut their output and moved into the toys and books market, this was partly due to receiving a Wallace and Gromit comic as a Christmas present.

However, with a little further investigation they have been very busy...

Lets not forget Flushed Away which was in the cinemas this Christas. Aardman have been working on this for a few years now and as mentioned in the Southbank show they are moving into CGI in a big way. The plot is a little too Hollywood for my liking but the characters and animation are top quality.
The plasticine slugs and rats from Creature Comforts have been accurately reproduced in CGI for this film and I believe that they had the worlds first singing maggots in a film. According to BlueYonder the same slugs have also recorded a music video with breakdancing.

According to the Aardman website they also have "The Presentators" on nickelodeon and "Angry Kid" on BBC3.

What's next?

Again according to their website there are 3 films in the making and new shows including:

Chop Socky Chooks: "a cgi series for cartoon network featuring “kick-ass chickens in kung-fu capers“ "
Shaun the Sheep: "a kids series featuring the much loved character from ‘a close shave’"
Animated Sketch Show (working title) which they are working on for citv

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