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Aardman Delivers Gothic New Short

Aardman Animations unveils a quirky, gothic new online film featuring the classic TV character, Morph.

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creators Aardman Animations have unveiled a quirky, gothic new online film featuring none other than the classic TV character, Morph. Produced for the BBC by Aardman Animations, the animated plasticine stop-motion Morph character appeared with the late Tony Hart, beginning in 1977, on several of his UK TV programs, notably Take Hart and Hartbeat.

The online film can only be seen on The Space, the new digital arts service developed by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC to provide a unique platform for artists and arts organizations to showcase their work. 

The new online film from Aardman Animations was created to celebrate 38 years of Forkbeard Fantasy, the groundbreaking UK theatre and arts company.

The unusual online film features newsreel footage of the precise moment that the pioneers of Liquid Film blended several secret ingredients and scientific wonder to create Plasticinematography – and a host of characters like the multi-eyed organism, a bucket of mouths… and Morph!

To watch the exclusive film, users have to navigate through “Forkbeard in Space,” a 360-degree panorama of Forkbeard’s studios inspired by the exhibitions, theatre shows, installations, cartoons, animation props and filmic special effects of Forkbeard Fantasy’s 38-year history. Users then have to a play two online games, “The Fall of the House of Usherettes” and “The Bonehunter,” based on Forkbeard’s classic shows. Users are then rewarded with the Aardman Animations film in which they can witness how Liquid Film created Plasticinematography and the multitude of characters.

“Forkbeard in Space,” the online games and the Aardman Animation online film is one of 51 commissions made by the Arts Council for The Space.

Forkbeard Fantasy is a collective of artists who have been creating performances, theatre shows, films, cartoons, automata, sculptures, special events, installations and interactive exhibitions across the UK and abroad without stop since the mid-1970s.

Source: The Space

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Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.