Posts Tagged ‘UK’

New "Wallace and Gromit" Tops Christmas Ratings

by MonkeyFunkon December 26, 2008
A Matter of Loaf and Death, the new film starring stop motion characters Wallace and Gromit, topped UK TV’s Christmas Day ratings. BBC 1’s screening of The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, the feature-length entry in the franchise, was the eighth most-watched programme that day. [ Source: BBC News ]

Oliver Postgate, "Bagpuss" and "Noggin the Nog" Creator, Passes Away at 83

by MonkeyFunkon December 9, 2008
Oliver Postgate, creator of some of Britain’s most fondly-remembered animated series, has died. He was 83. Postgate, along with partner Peter Firmin, began his career in 1959 created such iconic series as Ivor the Engine, Noggin the Nog, Clangers amd Bagpuss. [ Source: BBC News ]

ASIFA U.K. President Pat Raine Webb Passes Away

by MonkeyFunkon December 8, 2008
AWN reports that Pat Raine Webb, president of ASIFA U.K. and part of the animation industry for more than thirty years, died on Friday.

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

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2008
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

by Ed Liuon October 31, 2008
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

by Ed Liuon October 20, 2008
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

by Ed Liuon October 16, 2008
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"

by Ed Liuon September 26, 2008
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"

by Ed Liuon September 15, 2008
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

by Ed Liuon August 26, 2008
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 […]