Aardman's Peter Lord on Alexander Shirayaev, Lost Master of Stop-Motion Animation

Aardman Animation Studios’ Peter Lord has examined the work of Alexander Shirayaev in advance of a screening of Shirayaev’s work on November 19, 2008, at the Watershed Media Centre. Lord notes that Shiryaev’s movies, made between 1905-09, animated puppets of ballet dancers frame-by-frame. Although most experts cite Ladislaw Starewicz as the inventor of narrative stop-motion […]

Children's BAFTA Award Nominees Announced

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has released the list of nominees for the EA British Academy’s Children’s Awards. Contenders for the Television Animation category are Charlie and Lola Autumn Special, Eliot Kid, Shaun the Sheep, and Skunk Fu!. The Feature Film Category was also dominated by animated movies, with Horton Hears […]

Sunday Herald on Wallace & Gromit Past and Future

The Sunday Herald has taken a look at the history of Nick Park’s Wallace & Gromit, the iconic odd couple of Aardman Animation Studios. The article follows the history of the somewhat dim inventor and his put-upon dog, noting that a new Wallace & Gromit short is scheduled to debut this Christmas and that a […]

Matthew Rhys to Voice Dylan Thomas in Christmas Cartoon

The Guardian is reporting that actor Matthew Rhys will voice poet Dylan Thomas in a half-hour animated special titled A Child’s Christmas in Wales. The show is based on one of Thomas’ poems, and will air in Welsh on the public service broadcaster S4C. An English-language version is expected to be picked up by another […]

Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett on Melding Opera and Animation for "Monkey"

WNYC has posted an audio interview with Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, creators of the virtual rock group Gorillaz, to talk about their work on the stage production Monkey: Journey to the West with actor/director Chen Shi-Zheng. The production will meld opera, electronia, and animation to retell the Chinese folktale of the Monkey King.

Dublin's Jam Media Signs €5M Deal with BBC for "Badly Drawn Roy"

Dublin-based Jam Media has signed a deal with the BBC to produce a new €5M animated series for the BBC. Titled Badly Drawn Roy, the series will combine live-action and animation for the pre-teen market, and is scheduled to debut next March. Jam Media executives will be shopping the show to international broadcasters at the […]

High Schooler's Stop-Motion Film Lands on Virgin Intercontinental Airlines

Scotland on Sunday is reporting that a 5-minute stop-motion animated short film made by students at the Sanday Community School in Orkney has been acquired by Sir Richard Branson to be shown as in-flight entertainment on Virgin Intercontinental Airlines flights. The movie, titled “Lights Out!”, centers on a colony of seals kept awake at night […]

Animation Website 4mations Goes Live

Created by Aardman, Channel 4 and Lupus Films, 4mations is a new YouTube like site allowing animators to submit their work. For more information, visit the site here.

Aardman's Nick Park to Edit 70th Birthday Edition of "Beano" Magazine

Nick Park, creator of Wallace and Gromit at Aardman Animation Studios, will be guest-editing the 70th birthday edition of The Beano magazine. Park has been a lifelong fan of the comic magazine, and Wallace and Gromit will appear on the magazine’s cover alongside Dennis the Menace and Gnasher the Dog. The magazine will go on […]

Junk Food Ad Ban Makes UK Animation Studios Shed Employees

UK animation production house Cosgrove Hall has stated that it will be downsizing eight of its 35 employees and adjusting its business strategy, claiming that existing difficulties in the market have been exacerbated by a junk food ad ban that came into full force in January. Managing Director Anthony Utley stated that, “We are really […]

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