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National Accident Helpline / Aardman animation competition

Aardman animation competitionNational Accident Helpline has teamed up with Aardman to run an animation competition. Aspiring animators are being invited to create a short animation on the theme ‘Success against the odds’ for a chance to win an animation lover’s experience including a tour of the Aardman studios, ‘Make a morph’ workshop, original Morph artwork signed by Peter Lord, travel and accommodation. The winner and shortlisted entrants also get personalised feedback on their animation from Aardman.

More information and entry pack available here:

Entries must be submitted by 18 May 2014.

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Aardman plan to bring back Morph

MorphFans of Aardman may remember Morph, the loveable clay character who could change into lots of different shapes.

After an amazing response from the public, Morph creator and Aardman co-founder Peter Lord is launching a campaign to bring Morph back for a new series of adventures!

Using Kickstarter, Peter is appealing to fans for backing in return for a host of exclusive rewards and the chance to be involved in the production process. Find out more on his Kickstarter page.

Shaun the Sheep returns

Shaun the Sheep makes his highly anticipated return to the UK small screen this month with twenty brand new episodes – proving that life is never dull on Mossybottom Farm. Shaun and the gang return at the end of February, Monday – Friday from 25th February at 3.15pm on CBBC.


Shaun and his farm friends cause mayhem in the 20 x 7 minute episodes when they get involved in high jinks with hand gliders, dinosaurs, ducks, graffiti, crows, window cleaning, bulls, skate boards, old home movies and even a piano – in an iconic Laurel and Hardy moment!

To support the new series launch, CBBC have commissioned another five Championsheeps games to add to the existing suite of popular online games released during last year’s summer of sport. The games were produced as an experience with on-going appeal which is both engaging and entertaining for fans and encourages friendly, social competition and interaction with the show’s characters.

The new games, which are available on the CBBC website, were developed by Aardman’s in-house digital team who have made significant updates to the suite including new animations for the main hub and new ways of reporting high scores and achievements. A special unlock code feature has also been created and fans will be provided with codes at the end of each new episode giving players access to special features in each of the new games.

The team have been working closely with Aardman’s expert CG artists in order to progress the look of the characters in the game by developing 3D models, enhancing the game experience both aesthetically and mechanically as the 3D elements provided far greater flexibility than a 2D graphic with the movement of each character. In turn this allowed the Digital team more creative freedom to produce five visually appealing and addictive games for Shaun fans to enjoy across the world.

Aardman & WARL create a new look for Clipper Tea

Aardman Commercials have partnered with WARL and Clipper Tea, the UK’s only company to boast a completely Fairtrade and organic range of tea, coffee and drinking chocolate, to create a gorgeous new national TV ad campaign for their Everyday Teas.

The 20-second stop frame commercial, which was launched on 27 April and runs for a month, has been brought to life by Aardman director Daniel Cohen, who has created a never-ending ‘conga’ of mugs joyously dancing past a box of Clipper Everyday Tea while being filled with tea bags and hot water from a kettle. “The simple concept of mugs dancing ‘the conga’ worked tremendously and was great fun to direct!” says Cohen.
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The Lost Art of Rotoscoping

Rotoscope by Max Fleischer, patent drawing from 1914.

This is a guest post by Olivia Lennox.

Animation has come a long way since the days of the first cartoon motion pictures in the early 1900s. It’s come so far in fact that it’s difficult to believe it started as a few hand-drawn images on a page. Compare and flick book to the trailer for Pixar’s upcoming movie Brave and you’ll get the idea. But here we are, in a world where computer generated imaging has quite literally taken over the world of animated film: when was the last time Disney released a ’2D’ movie in their original style? It’s been some time indeed.
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Top 10 Animated Christmas Movies for the Whole Family

This is a guest post by Sophia Anderson.

So much of what we love during Christmas-time is based in nostalgia and tradition; fond memories of decorating the tree, taking a nighttime drive to see Christmas lights, and, of course, cuddling around the TV with yummy treats and a warm fire to watch a Christmas movie. December is here, so tis’ the season to break out all of the holiday movies! Here are ten of our favorite animated Christmas movies and TV specials, old and new.

1. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

There is a reason why people wait every year in anticipation of the annual TV airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas. It’s hard to go wrong with the Peanuts gang, but the Christmas special might be the best of all their holiday offerings. Every scene is memorable, from the group decorating the tree that Charlie Brown brings home to Linus’s speech on the true meaning of Christmas. The soundtrack that goes along with the movie – featuring both original songs by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, as well as covers of older Christmas songs – stands apart from the movie as being one of the greatest Christmas albums of all time.
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Watch clips 84th Academy Awards shortlisted animated shorts

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards® Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2011. The winner will be announced on Sunday, February 26, 2012. Forty-four pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company. Click on the images to see clips or trailers from the films.

Dimanche/Sunday, Patrick Doyon, director (National Film Board of Canada)

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The new NFB Advent Calendar for the iPad

The National Film Board of Canada’s new holiday Advent Calendar for the iPad is now available on iTunes for $0.99.

The NFB, famous worldwide for animated film classics like The Sweater, The Cat Came Back and Noël Noël, now brings your family a collection of films that are perfect for the holiday season. Each day throughout December, you and your kids can unlock the next surprise movie, enjoying hours of family entertainment.

iPad Screenshot of NFB Advent Calendar

The NFB Advent Calendar App films are sure to remain your child’s favourites long after the holiday season ends.

Top 10 karaoke songs from animated movies

To get this top 10 karaoke songs list I went to Amazon UK and searched for MP3 “Animated movie karaoke”. The list was then sorted by popularity, which I presume means by current sales. These are the songs the kids are singing in their bedrooms or maybe these songs are being selected down the pub on karaoke night. I have compiled the list into an Amazon sampler so that you can listen to extracts.

1. Snow White: The Dwarfs’ Yodel Song (The Silly Song)

2. Sleeping Beauty: Once Upon A Dream
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Top 10 songs from animated movies

To get this top 10 list I went to Amazon UK and searched for MP3 “Animated movie soundtrack”. The list was then sorted by popularity, which I presume means by current sales. I have compiled the list into an Amazon sampler so that you can listen to extracts. Many of the songs were from the album Animania – Music from Animated Movies 1 & 2 but where possible I have selected the original soundtrack song for the sampler below.

1. Treasure Planet: I’m Still Here (Jim’s Theme) performed in the 2002 film by Rzeznik.

2. Aristocats: Everybody Wants To Be a Cat, performed in the 1970 film by Phil Harris.
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