14 Facts About Aardman


Aardman Animations Limited is a British animation studio based in Bristol, England.

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Aardman's films have been consistently very well received, and their stop-motion films are among the highest-grossing produced, with their 2000 debut, Chicken Run, being their top-grossing film, as well as the highest-grossing stop-motion film of all time.

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Aardman was founded in 1972 as a low-budget project by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, who wanted to realise their dream of producing an animated motion picture.

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Aardman created the title sequence for The Great Egg Race and supplied animation for the multiple award-winning music video of Peter Gabriel's song "Sledgehammer".

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Later Aardman produced a number of shorts for Channel 4, including the Conversation Pieces series.

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The next year, Aardman released a new Wallace and Gromit short film, called A Matter of Loaf and Death.

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In 2008, Aardman joined with Channel 4 and Lupus Films to launch a user-generated content animation portal called 4mations.

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From December 2008, Aardman started posting various flash games on Newgrounds, the majority of which are based on Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep.

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In 2009, Nintendo announced that Aardman would make twelve short films using only Flipnote Studio.

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On 9 November 2018, Aardman Animations announced that Peter Lord and David Sproxton would be transferring majority ownership of the company to its employees in order to keep the studio independent.

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Aardman has stated that the name came from a combination of "Aardvark" and "Superman" for the reason that they found aardvark to be a particularly funny word.

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Aardman Animations became their company name when the BBC asked them to whom they should make their first cheque out.

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Aardman is the co-creator of the Finnish-British animated series Moominvalley, based on the Moomins books.

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Aardman Animation has produced a number of animated features, shorts, videos and TV series, as well as adverts.

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