Posts Tagged ‘UK’

Wallace and Gromit Headline Museum Exhibit

by on December 22, 2007
Wallace and Gromit will headline Animated Adventures, a new exhibition at the Woodhorn Museum in Ashington, the News Post Leader reports. The exhibit, which will run from the January 26 until May 26, will take visitors behind the scenes of the animation art. It will also feature work from Banjax Studios, Michael Sormann, Richard Vaucher, […]

Impossible Buys Firestep

by on December 18, 2007
Impossible Pictures has purchased animation studio Firestep, producers of the Dr. Who adventure The Infinite Quest, the ” target=”_blank”>Manchester Evening News reports. Firestep co-founders Steve Maher and Jonathan Doyle will remain with the company and use Impossible’s investment money to expand its operations.

Pop Stars Lending Voices to Cartoon Band

by on December 12, 2007
Pop musicians Justin Hawkins and Jamelia will lend their voices to Freefonix, a new children’s cartoon from BBC1, reports. The series is about a rock band engaged in a battle of good vs. evil. The show will premiere on January 4.

Peter Orton, RIP

by on December 7, 2007
Peter Orton, founder of Britain’s HIT Entertainment, has died. He was 64. Orton’s career in children’s programming began at Television International Enterprises, where he successfully sold episodes of Sesame Street in Africa and Asia. That led to positions at Sesame Street producer Children’s Television Workshop, where he further developed CTW’s international productions. Prior to setting […]

Aardman’s "Creature Discomforts" Ads Available On-line

by Ed Liuon December 3, 2007
Aardman Animation Studios has opened a website dedicated to “Creature Discomforts,” their line of public-service advertisements dedicated to change public perception of the disabled. Based on their Oscar-winning short film Creature Comforts, which spawned British and American television series, the shorts star stop-motion animated animals using stories told by disabled people for the voice track. […]

Gromit Lands on Dog Walk of Fame

by Ed Liuon November 8, 2007
The canine half of Aardman Animation’s Wallace and Gromit was one of seven show business dogs to launch the Dog Walk of Fame in Battersea Park, London (read Toon Zone News’ earlier coverage). Gromit joins The Wizard of Oz‘s Toto, the Harry Potter film series’ Fang, Lassie, Bullseye from Oliver!, Chance and Shadow from Homeward […]

Wallace’s Gromit and Tintin’s Snowy Finalists for Dog Walk of Fame

by Ed Liuon October 19, 2007
15 dog heroes of the large and small screen are in the running for the first stars on a “Dog Walk of Fame” in London. The short list includes Gromit, the more intelligent and canine half of Aardman’s Wallace & Gromit duo, and Snowy, the faithful canine companion of Belgian adventurer Tintin. Their competition will […]

Shaun The Sheep Gears Up For Christmas Single

by Grant Whiteon October 19, 2007
Shaun The Sheep will release a UK Christmas single, Aardman’s official site announces. The song will also be promoted with a fully animated video.

Wallace & Gromit Return for "Trouble at Mill" in 2008

by Ed Liuon October 5, 2007
Aardman Animation Studios has announced that Nick Park’s comedy duo Wallace & Gromit will star in a new half-hour short film that is scheduled air on BBC TV at the end of 2008. Titled “Trouble at Mill,” the short film will reveal that the hapless inventor and his faithful canine companion have started a pie-making […]

"Naked Chef" Jamie Oliver to Get Aardman Animated Series

by Ed Liuon August 22, 2007
British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, a.k.a. “The Naked Chef,” is working with Aardman Animation on a new animated series. Titled little j, the series will depict the misadventures of a 10-year old verison of Oliver, traveling through a surreal cartoon world on a quest to become a great chef. An Aardman official stated that production […]