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1:00 PM on 03.27.2015

Aardman art and sets on display at art gallery in France

If you find yourself in Paris any time soon, it might be worth your time to check out the Art Ludique if you're a fan of stop motion animation. From now until mid-August, the art museum will be featuring Exhibition Aardman, a...

John-Charles Holmes

Review: Shaun The Sheep photo
Review: Shaun The Sheep
by Jackson Tyler

It's hard to believe that Shaun The Sheep is only Aardman's fourth stop motion feature film. The studio initially made its name in the UK with short films in the 70s and 80s such as Creature Comforts, but it was with the release of the first Wallace and Gromit short in 1990 that they truly seared themselves into the fabric of British cultural identity. And in the 25 years since, they've embodied a kind of effortless ubiquity that easily overcomes their relatively sparse output. Aardman is the closest equivalent the UK has to Studio Ghibli, in many ways a remnant of times gone by, desperately carrying the torch for a style of animation that is beloved and resonant, whose flame should long since have flickered out.

Going in, the signs were not exactly pointing in the right direction. A spin-off of a spin-off, the movie is the big screen outing of the popular Kids TV show, for which the target audience skews far younger than Aardman’s earlier family efforts. Combined with a lackluster marketing push and the fact that the film hasn’t even been picked up for distribution in the USA, I went into the movie with a quiet apprehension that Aardman’s creative glory days had passed, and the studio was ready to go softly into that good night.

Much to my delight, I walked out of the cinema with a massive smile on my face and more than a single tear in my eye. The movie's target audience may skew young, but Shaun The Sheep is Aardman's most assured and most mature work yet.

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12:00 PM on 09.02.2014

Teaser trailer for Shaun the Sheep the Movie

Aardman Animations, the company that brought us Wallace & Gromit and that cute Pirates! Band of Misfits movie, now has a full film adaptation of their Shaun the Sheep shorts. While it has no domestic release date, it's t...

Nick Valdez

Jenika's Top 5 Animated Movies of 2012 photo
Jenika's Top 5 Animated Movies of 2012
by Jenika Katz

In recent years, a lot of animated movies have been formulaic and underwhelming, but 2012 brought us the variety and quality that has been missing in the genre for a while. Sure, Disney brought back Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, and Monsters Inc. in 3D, and things like Madagascar 3 still exist, but there were enough new releases that the obvious money-grabs were not so odious. Plus, Finding Nemo in 3D was gorgeous, so shut up.

Animation is always a gamble, since impressive technique can go unnoticed due to a terrible story, and great writing is often watered down to appeal to more to a young audience than to the parents that accompany them. 2012 seemed to understand the dearth of high-quality animated films out there, and it really delivered. In a year that brought us a black-and-white movie about a dead dog, a princess movie without a prince, and three full-length stop motion films, which ones rose above the rest?

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Review: The Pirates! Band Of Misfits photo
Review: The Pirates! Band Of Misfits
by Xander Markham

[This was originally posted under the UK title The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists. It has been reposted to coincide with the US release.]

Aardman are one of those rare companies almost impossible to dislike: they've cornered the market in large scale stop-motion animation, and the level of artistry involved in each of their productions demonstrates why. Pirates! Band Of Misfits is replete with puns and gags hidden in the background, whether the name of a shop, a story in a newspaper or poster on a wall. The attention to detail is stunning and demands the viewer keep their eyes flitting across the screen to not miss anything, even though return viewings will certainly be rewarded with a fresh trove of delights.

If a viewer is to be asked to pay such surgical attention to each shot, this is the right film for it. Everything from the animation to the character models are as comically rich as expected from the people behind Wallace And Gromit, with a deft touch not only for capturing the nuances of movement for maximum comedic effect, but the timing as well. Considering how long it takes for these movies to be made and how painstaking the process, the ease with which it plays out is an astonishing achievement.

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12:00 PM on 04.03.2012

Trailer: The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Aardman Animations has jumped on the pop-culture band-wagon with this new trailer for their newest claymation movie The Pirates! Band of Misfits - also known as, The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists. The new trailer ...

Liz Rugg

8:00 PM on 03.05.2012

New behind-the-scenes images for Aardman's The Pirates!

The good people of Aardman Animations (Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run) have been hard at work preparing their latest feature length movie, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, and these behind-the-scenes photographs really show how...

Liz Rugg

8:00 AM on 01.27.2012

Flix for Short: Aardman Animations takes on DC comics

Aaaaaaaawwwwww! This super-cute animation was done by none other than Pirates! Band of Misfits creators, Aardman Animations. The short is a part of Cartoon Network's new DC Nation block of programming. It features an adorabl...

Liz Rugg

6:00 PM on 01.24.2012

Aardman to alter Pirates! due to leper group outcry

Yes, that is too a real title. Aardman Animations, the creators of the classic stop-motion shorts of Wallace and Gromit, have issued a statement that they will change a scene in their upcoming The Pirates! Band of Misfits bec...

Liz Rugg

4:00 PM on 10.04.2011

Trailer: Arthur Christmas

Christmas is magical, dammit. That's why I like the look of Arthur Christmas. It looks like a solid, slightly off-kilter-yet-heartwarming Christmas movie in the tradition of my old favorites. I still feel like every time I s...

Alex Katz

5:00 PM on 07.14.2011

Trailer: The Pirates! Band of Misfits

I don't know why I'm always surprised that every Aardman movie looks like the best damn thing ever, because it happens every time they make something, with the exception of Flushed Away. Never cared for that one. The Pirates...

Alex Katz