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 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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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
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.
Made for ages 10 and up, this iPad Animation app is available FREE for fun or education, whether you’re an animation novice or fan. It is available now on iTunes.
Designed for the iPad 2, the PixStop app captures as many as 10,000 images to create mini masterpieces up to 13 minutes long. Novice-friendly features, helpful tutorials and intuitive controls make this the perfect tool for first-time stop-motion animators and a great mobile tool for more advanced users too.
PixStop was inspired by the stop-motion animation workshops offered at the Toronto Mediatheque and Montreal CineRobotheque. To complement the use of this app, you can visit the National Film Board of Canada’s StopMoStudio, a comprehensive online stop-motion animation workshop. You can also watch hundreds of animated films from the famous NFB collection at NFB.ca.
iPad screenshot of PixStop in action
The illustration above from a video in the National Film Board of Canada’s StopMoStudio: Stop-Motion Animation Workshop by Kristine Collins, Karen Shopsowitz and Kathy Sperberg, 2011.
A Short film from the University of Hertfordshire Digital Animation Degree Programme has won the Virgin Media Shorts People’s Choice award 2011. The Technical Director of InaniMate is Micheal O’Donogue who created the 3D digital animation with Soulla Josephides and Yinghui Tan.
The movie suggests that there is no galaxy too far, and no impulse too extraordinary, to prevent anyone from finding their true romance.