Tate Movie Project “The Itch of the Golden Nit” premiered

July 1, 2011

Captain Iron Ears’ Pirate Ship. © Tate Movie Project 2011.

The Tate Movie Project’s The Itch of the Golden Nit was premiered in Leicester Square, London, on 29 June 2011 and will be shown at regional galleries over the summer. The film is the first of its kind – an animation made by children ranging from 5 to 13 years old. Thousands of drawings, sound effects and story ideas by children from across the UK make up the action-packed, half hour animation as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

The Itch of the Golden Nit follows 11-year-old hero Beanie on his mission to save his parents from Evil Stella and to return the Golden Nit to its rightful place at the heart of the sun, thereby saving the universe. It features the voices of David Walliams, Miranda Hart, Catherine Tate and Rik Mayall. The film was brought together by the Tate and Aardman Animations.

Aardman used CelAction2D animation software to maintain the hand-drawn quality of the characters. This enabled the production team to animate quickly whilst achieving a high quality.

Andy Blazdell, CelActionCEO, said: “Working with Aardman was a real highlight. It’s always a pleasure to see such talented people using our software and on a project of this scale, for such a worthy cause, we feel proud to be a part of it.”

CelAction2D is available for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Useful link: celaction.com

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