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Aardman talks next film 'Early Man', a new TV series and Vr

23 June 2016 5:54 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Aardman talked to Screen in Annecy about future projects - including the Eddie Redmayne-voiced Early Man - BFI support and learning curves.

Aardman Animations is the most successful animation company in British film history; its films have generated worldwide box office revenue of close to $1 billion and it is a cherished international brand.

Despite its global success, however, Aardman still considers itself to be a niche player in the ultra competitive Us animation market.

The contrast was acknowledged by Aardman founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton in an interview with Screen at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival last week.

Sproxton and Lord were in Annecy to give a keynote address, Aardman At 40, and to collect a “personality of the year award” from the festival.

Us giants

The company, which has worked closely with DreamWorks and Sony in the past, now finances its films in Europe, often on smaller budgets than those commanded by the Us »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Annecy: Aardman Takes Mifa and Variety’s 2016 Animation Personality of the Year Award

15 June 2016 2:16 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Annecy — As Aardman Animations gears up to shoot “Early Man,” one of the biggest animated features coming out of Europe, co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton accepted Mifa and Variety’s second Animation Personality of the Year Award at a ceremony June 15 at the Annecy Festival. The occasion was inevitably laced, the awardees being Aardman, with a large dose of humour. They followed in the footsteps of Chris Meledandri and Illumination Entertainment, the 2015 winners of the plaudit.

Mickael Marin, head of Annecy’s Mifa’s market, and Peter Debruge, Variety’s Chief Film Critic,  presented the award, with Debruge delivering what he termed a personal reflection. It will however resonate with many film lovers.

“We all grew up loving animated movies, Disney movies, whatever, but Aardman, which I discovered at junior high, bridged the gap and gave me permission to love animation all my life.”

Since then, Debruge added, “this tiny group of creative, nutty guys have conquered the world, and we’ve seen this not just in feature films but TV and advertising.”

Netting $106.8 million back in 2000, Aardman’s “Chicken Run” indeed remains one of the highest, if not the highest-grossing of European animation productions in the U.S. Nearer the present,  Aardman produced two of the four biggest European animation hits in Europe over 2010-14: “Arthur Christmas” and “The Pirates: Band of Misfits.”

“There are few companies in Europe which have created movies where all generations can have fun and Aardman is one of them,” Marin opined.

40 years in the business, Aardman has always, however, worn its greatness lightly It was most certainly not going to change when accepting the Mifa-Variety 2016 Animation Personality of the Year Award.

“The prize says ‘Personality of the Year’ and my theory is this should go to Aardman himself,” Lord said of the hopeless hero of the company’s very first movie. He added: “In the world of animation, you don’t get many big egos, outrageously colourful personalities, you get many decent, hardworking people who love what they do. This award isn’t just about Dave and me – though obviously we are pretty spectacular.”

“It’s all about the staff we have at Aardman. The Award should say ‘Personalties’ to recognize all the hard work all our people do back in Bristol. Thank you hugely,” Sproxton concluded.

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- John Hopewell

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Annecy: Aardman Takes Mifa and Variety’s 2016 Animation Personality of the Year Award

15 June 2016 2:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annecy — As Aardman Animations gears up to shoot “Early Man,” one of the biggest animated features coming out of Europe, co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton accepted Mifa and Variety’s second Animation Personality of the Year Award at a ceremony June 15 at the Annecy Festival. The occasion was inevitably laced, the awardees being Aardman, with a large dose of humour. They followed in the footsteps of Chris Meledandri and Illumination Entertainment, the 2015 winners of the plaudit.

Mickael Marin, head of Annecy’s Mifa’s market, and Peter Debruge, Variety’s Chief Film Critic,  presented the award, with Debruge delivering what he termed a personal reflection. It will however resonate with many film lovers.

“We all grew up loving animated movies, Disney movies, whatever, but Aardman, which I discovered at junior high, bridged the gap and gave me permission to love animation all my life.”

Since then, Debruge added, “this tiny group of creative, nutty guys have conquered the world, and we’ve seen this not just in feature films but TV and advertising.”

Netting $106.8 million back in 2000, Aardman’s “Chicken Run” indeed remains one of the highest, if not the highest-grossing of European animation productions in the U.S. Nearer the present,  Aardman produced two of the four biggest European animation hits in Europe over 2010-14: “Arthur Christmas” and “The Pirates: Band of Misfits.”

“There are few companies in Europe which have created movies where all generations can have fun and Aardman is one of them,” Marin opined.

40 years in the business, Aardman has always, however, worn its greatness lightly It was most certainly not going to change when accepting the Mifa-Variety 2016 Animation Personality of the Year Award.

“The prize says ‘Personality of the Year’ and my theory is this should go to Aardman himself,” Lord said of the hopeless hero of the company’s very first movie. He added: “In the world of animation, you don’t get many big egos, outrageously colourful personalities, you get many decent, hardworking people who love what they do. This award isn’t just about Dave and me – though obviously we are pretty spectacular.”

“It’s all about the staff we have at Aardman. The Award should say ‘Personalties’ to recognize all the hard work all our people do back in Bristol. Thank you hugely,” Sproxton concluded.

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- John Hopewell

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At 40, Aardman Animations Stays Stubbornly Eccentric

10 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In 1995, at pretty much the midpoint of Aardman Animations’ 40-year history, the Bristol-based cartoon studio’s co-founders, Peter Lord and David Sproxton, hatched the crazy idea of making a feature-length stop-motion film. It would be a send-up of the classic prison-break movie “The Great Escape.”

But starring chickens.

“It was really kind of a freak idea,” recalls Lord, who directed what became “Chicken Run,” the first of Aardman’s six features.

This was shortly before Pixar launched the CG revolution with “Toy Story,” and though Aardman was about to win its third Oscar for the Wallace and Gromit short “A Close Shave” [incidentally, the project in which it introduced hit character Shaun the Sheep], hardly anyone was making big-screen cartoon. In fact, apart from the work Henry Selick was doing for producer Tim Burton in the United States [most notably “A Nightmare Before Christmas”], the idea of an entire movie in stop-motion seemed outlandish.

“Audiences love that sense of tangibility, the sense that it isn’t perfect.” David Sproxton

But then, »

- Peter Debruge

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At 40, Aardman Animations Stays Stubbornly Eccentric

10 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In 1995, at pretty much the midpoint of Aardman Animations’ 40-year history, the Bristol-based cartoon studio’s co-founders, Peter Lord and David Sproxton, hatched the crazy idea of making a feature-length stop-motion film. It would be a send-up of the classic prison-break movie “The Great Escape.”

But starring chickens.

“It was really kind of a freak idea,” recalls Lord, who directed what became “Chicken Run,” the first of Aardman’s six features.

This was shortly before Pixar launched the CG revolution with “Toy Story,” and though Aardman was about to win its third Oscar for the Wallace and Gromit short “A Close Shave” [incidentally, the project in which it introduced hit character Shaun the Sheep], hardly anyone was making big-screen cartoon. In fact, apart from the work Henry Selick was doing for producer Tim Burton in the United States [most notably “A Nightmare Before Christmas”], the idea of an entire movie in stop-motion seemed outlandish.

“Audiences love that sense of tangibility, the sense that it isn’t perfect.” David Sproxton

But then, »

- Peter Debruge

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'Quadrophenia' Sequel Filming This Summer, Based On Novel Continuation Of The Who's Film

30 May 2016 2:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In 1973, English rock group The Who released their second rock opera "Quadrophenia," which loosely followed the story of  young mod named Jimmy and his search for a place in the world. Six years later, Franc Roddam's film adaptation of the album starring Phil Daniels ("Vinyl," "Chicken Run") as Jimmy, a kid who falls in with the mod culture only for his life to slowly spiral out of control, was released to mostly positive reviews. The Criterion Collection released a restored Blu-ray of the film featuring an all-new sound mix in 2012. Now, NME reports that a sequel is set to be filmed this summer, 37 years after the original film's release. Read More: Dardenne Brothers, 'Quadrophenia,' Andrew Haigh's 'Weekend' Lead August Criterion Collection Releases The film will be based on the Pete Townshend-approved Peter Meadows book "To Be Someone," which continued Jimmy's adventures after the events of the film. »

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25 underappreciated family movies of the last 20 years

26 May 2016 8:09 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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From Flushed Away and Hunchback to Titan A.E. and Sky High - the family movies that don't get the love they deserve...

When I sit through a film such as Zootropolis, Rango, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Eddie The Eagle or Coraline, I can’t help but be thankful somebody has bothered. As a parent as well as a movie lover, I’ve grown to really dislike family movies that just turn up to act as a surrogate babysitter for 90 minutes, with no intention of becoming anybody’s favourite film. The films I'm going to talk about are the family movies therefore that I think both try and do something a bit more, yet continue to fly under many people's radar. 

A bonus mention before we get going, and number 26 in the list, much to my surprise: Alvin & The Chipmunks 4. I was expecting next to zero from it, courtesy »

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Eddie Redmayne Joins Aardman’s ‘Early Man’ – Cannes

9 May 2016 12:55 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Eddie Redmayne has joined Nick Park’s eagerly anticipated Early Man, which Studio Canal is financing, selling and distributing in its core markets. Early Man is a stop-frame feature film that sees Park going behind the camera for the first time since Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit. Park also co-directed Chicken RunMark Burton and John O'Farrell have written the script. The BFI is also a partner on the film.  Set at the dawn of time, when dinosaurs and… »

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‘Little Prince’ Takes Soumache and Rassam’s On to Another Level

19 January 2016 3:46 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – These are halcyon days for Paris-based On Entertainment, already one of the top two-or-three animation companies in Europe.

On Friday night, a moved Aton Soumache, On president, took to the stage with partner Dimitri Rassam to accept UniFrance’s French Cinema Award, reminding audiences the award has been 19 years in the making, in a reference to his founding Method Animation, now part of On, in September 1997.

On’s first big animated movie, “The Little Prince,” helmed by “Kung Fu Panda” director Mark Osborne, has just punched $100 million mark worldwide, and counting, ranking as the highest-grossing French animated movie in international markets in the last 20 years. On Dec. 6, Nickelodeon bowed Stateside “Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir,” where it rubs shoulders with “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.” “Ladybug” is already a No. 1 animation show for broadcaster TF1 in France.

France hosts Europe’s biggest animation industry, producing »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Aardman, Studiocanal Set Early 2018 Release Dates For ‘Early Man’

8 January 2016 7:07 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Leveraging Studiocanal’s direct distribution operation in Europe and Australia/New Zealand, Aardman Studios and Studiocanal, two of the most powerful players in European family entertainment, have set dates for the release of “Early Man,” a stop-frame adventure set at the dawn of time that will be directed by Aardman Studios’ Nick Park (“Chicken Run,” “Wallace & Gromit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit”).

One of Europe’s biggest upcoming animation bets, “Early Man” will be released on Jan. 21, 2018 in the U.K., Jan. 31 in France, March 29 in Germany, Australia/New Zealand.

New comes hot on the heels of a Ee British Academy Awrd for animated film for “Shaun the Sheep Movie,” the first collaboration between Aardman and Studiocanal.

Budgeted at $55 million, “Paddington,” the CGI-live action family movie was one of the first fully-financed Studiocanal productions to be put through a same-time worldwide release, world preeming in the U.K. and rolling out in France, »

- John Hopewell

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