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Chicken Run: a culture clash of two companies

Simon Brew Feb 21, 2018

The production of Chicken Run brought together two companies with very different styles...

It had been quite a journey from just off the M5 in Bristol, to Los Angeles and the Academy Awards. But for British animation company Aardman, it was a journey that was taken reasonably regularly. Nick Park, for his Creature Comforts and Wallace & Gromit short films, was collecting regular statuettes, and at the of writing, he has four on his mantelpiece.

The frequent awards attentions required equally frequent journeys to the States. And on one such visit, Park – along with Aardman co-founder Peter Lord, amongst others – found themselves in the company of both Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg.

It was the right coincidence at the right time. At this stage, Spielberg and Katzenberg had just set up their hugely ambitious new studio, DreamWorks Skg (along with David Geffen). Katzenberg was to head up the animation division,
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Aardman Animations

The biggest name in Claymation is Aardman Animations. Also known as Aardman Studios (or simply Aardman), they are a Bristol-based British Animation studio. Their most famous works are Wallace & Gromit, Flushed Away, and Chicken Run (each of which made use of their handcrafted Claymation techniques). Their most recent release is called Early Man. It focuses on a band of cavemen who survive an asteroid colliding with the Earth. Afterwards, they accidentally invent soccer – setting the stage for a classic underdog sports story. It has been well received so far and should join the ranks of the rest of

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Aardman Animations
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Review: Early Man (2018)

In many ways Aardman Animation and director/innovator Nick Park have done for Claymation and British stop-motion animation in the last few decades, what Ray Harryhausen did for the art as a whole in earlier eras of cinema advancement. In the history of this filmmaking technique these names are heroes and their work is timeless, cherished and true poetry in (stop)motion. From Wallace & Gromit and Creature Comforts to Chicken Run and Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, this studio’s body of work is revered and consistent. So naturally expectations are high with every new project, let alone the first feature in nearly 15 years to be directed by Nick Park. Thankfully, Early Man is another win to scratch onto the Aardman slate.

Taking their own brand of British barminess to the prehistoric world, Early Man is set at the dawn of time – just outside Manchester – with an opening sequence
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'Darkest Hour' nudges out 'Coco' at UK box office

The Greatest Showman and Call Me By Your Name post impressive holds.

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Darkest Hour

UK Top Five Rank Film / Distributor Weekend Gross (Fri-Sun) Running Total Week 1 Darkest Hour (Universal) £2.64m £15.19m 3 2 Coco (Disney) £2.33m £8.18m 2 3 Maze Runner: The Death Cure (Fox) £2.24m £2.24m 1 4 The Greatest Shownman (Fox) £2.04m £19.6m 5 5 Early Man (Studiocanal) £2.02m £2.02m 1

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate – 1.41

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In its third week, awards contender Darkest Hour returned to top of the UK box office with another strong hold, dropping a slim 19% with Fri-Sun takings of £2.64m. The film has now crossed the £15m mark, currently sitting on £15.19m, making it director Joe Wright’s highest grossing release in the UK.

Disney

Pixar animation Coco dropped marginally behind table-topper Darkest Hour in its second week, posting £2.33m. Looking at the Fri-Sun from its opening weekend, that’s a moderate drop of 30%. The film now sits on £8.18m.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi added £325,000 this
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Video: Top 6 Aardman Movie Characters

Aardman have been producing lovable characters with their distinctive stop-motion animation utilising clay for nearly 50 years now. Whether it be the old-school days of the original Wallace and Gromit TV shorts or even the cheeky Morph character from the 70s, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t fallen for one of their characters. With the upcoming release of their latest instalment Early Man, we have decided to look at some of the best characters Aardman have created since their clay creations hit the big screen…

6. Mr Bobo – The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (2012)

The studio clearly has a soft spot for animated animals as in all of their feature films they are depicted with human levels of intelligence. In fact, as with Mr Bobo in The Pirates!, our furry friends are often given a superior level of wits and capability than their human counterparts. As the
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Early Man: Aardman goes prehistoric with moustache moodboards and claymation football

Nick Park has created another stop-motion masterpiece. We go behind the scenes with stars Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston, and ask Park what’s next for Wallace and Gromit

Deep in the bowels of Bristol’s Aztec West studios, Aardman Animations animator Grant Maisey is exhibiting the fruits of a day’s labour. “This is where I’ve got to at the moment,” he says, pressing play on his desktop. A clip shows a small claymation figure striking a gong. It lasts about three or four seconds. “... aaaand that’s a day’s work.” In total, the scene Maisey is filming contains 340 frames – about 14 seconds’ worth – “so that should take me another two days”, he says surprisingly cheerfully.

Such is the lot for an employee at Aardman, a studio seemingly founded to redefine the word “painstaking”. This is the studio, after all, who willingly – or perhaps wilfully – continue to make
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‘Early Man’: 25 Things to Know about Aardman’s Stop-Motion Sports Comedy

I’ve always been utterly charmed by the films of Aardman Animation, and I’m always eager to see what they’ll do next. From the Wallace & Gromit films to the sly Chicken Run to even their CGI stuff like Flushed Away and Arthur Christmas, their movies feature a warm blend of comedy and heart that always make for a memorable experience. Their latest film, Early Man, seems to follow in that line, and earlier this year, I got to visit Aardman to see the development of the movie. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Early Man, …
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David Bowers interview: Wimpy Kid, James Bond, family movies

Simon Brew May 25, 2017

The director of the new Wimpy Kid - and the last three - on the movie, and why he doesn't like deleted scenes...

Returning for the fourth Diary Of A Wimpy Kid film – and his third as director – is British-born director David Bowers. Having started with animation – directing Flushed Away and Astro Boy, amongst his extensive credits – Bowers has since been primarily working on bringing Jeff Kinney’s characters to the screen.

Ahead of the release in UK cinemas this Friday of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, he spared us some time for a chat about the movie.

We started by my asking if he’d been to see the film himself since it was finished…

I went on Saturday to watch it. My mother in law wanted to see it. The guy in front of us, who’d grudgingly taken his seven-year old daughter,
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Guy Realizes His Friends Look Exactly Like ‘Flushed Away’ Characters

It’s inevitable the real life humans are going to look like cartoons from time to time. In fact, many of our favorite Disney characters are modeled after cartoon creator friends or celebrities that we see in the media. It’s natural that you’d not only base a character off of someone you know but also make a physical resemblance. Whether it’s intentional or not is another question. But in the grand scheme of things does intention matter? No. If someone looks like a cartoon then they look like a cartoon. It’s that simple. If you’ve ever seen the 2006 Dreamworks film

Guy Realizes His Friends Look Exactly Like ‘Flushed Away’ Characters
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul Trailer #2 Introduces a New Generation of Wimps

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul Trailer #2 Introduces a New Generation of Wimps
20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul! Based on the record-breaking book series by Jeff Kinney, a family road trip goes hilariously off course, thanks to Greg's newest scheme to (finally!) become famous. Check out the latest trailer below and get ready for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul to hit theaters May 19th!

This new trailer starts off the exact same way as the first trailer, which arrived in earlier February. But Wimp fans, don't be so quick to turn away. There is a ton of new footage here and plenty of fresh jokes as a squad of seagulls attack the Heffley family en route to grandma's house.

Last year, 20th Century Fox gave fans a sneak peek at the new cast members who replace all of the stars from the first three Wimpy Kid movies. Jason Drucker
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‘Early Man’ Trailer: Aardman Animations Takes Us Back to the Stone Age

Aardman Animations may have entered the crowded CG animation world with films like Flushed Away and Arthur Christmas, but the creators of Chicken Run, Shaun the Sheep, and Wallace and Gromit will forever be known for their stop-motion movies. Their latest project, Early Man, looks to be very much in line with their most popular […]

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Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul: full trailer lands

Joseph Baxter Mar 17, 2017

The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series returns, with a new cast. Here's the latest trailer...

And another trailer for the upcoming soft reboot of the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid movies has landed (notwithstanding the fact that we only got the last trailer about three weeks ago). Here's the full new promo for the movie...

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When the original Diary Of A Wimpy Kid movie first arrived in 2010, it would have been hard to conceive that it could become a four-film-spawning franchise that would still be kicking some seven years later. However, after a five-year dormancy, the series, based on the irreverent novels written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney, is set to relaunch with its fourth film entry Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. Seeing as said “wimpy kid,
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Trailer: The Heffleys Hit The Road

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Trailer: The Heffleys Hit The Road
20th Century Fox has debuted the first teaser trailer and poster for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, which is set to hit theaters on May 19. This trailer pokes some fun at the superhero genre, in its own unique way, teasing that none of the caped crusaders, galactic guardians or amazing web slingers over the past decade dared to be "wimpy" like the title character Greg, portrayed by Jason Drucker. This trailer gives fans a better look at the brand new cast that has been assembled for this fourth Wimpy Kid movie.

Back in November, 20th Century Fox unveiled a preview that gave fans a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the new cast members, who replace all of the stars from the first three Wimpy Kid movies. Jason Drucker replaces Zachary Gordon as Greg, with Charlie Wright replacing Devon Bostick as his older brother Rodrick and Owen Asztalos replacing Robert Capron as Rowley.
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Lego Ninjago Movie Trailer Has Robots, Monsters and Lots of Action

Lego Ninjago Movie Trailer Has Robots, Monsters and Lots of Action
After a short teaser that debuted yesterday, Warner Bros. has released the full-length trailer for The Lego Ninjago Movie. We also have the first poster, all of which can be seen in your local theater this weekend as Lego Batman Movie makes its premiere. The Lego movie universe is expanding, and as evident in this latest footage, there's going to be some bad blood raging through the rivers of Ninjago.

A new animated adventure in Warner Bros. Pictures' Lego franchise, The Lego Ninjago Movie} stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Pe&#241a, Zach Woods, and the legendary Jackie Chan. In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon,
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First Lego Ninjago Movie Footage Unleashes a Secret Ninja Force

First Lego Ninjago Movie Footage Unleashes a Secret Ninja Force
Yesterday, we got to see three images from the hugely anticipated animated comedy adventure The Lego Ninjago Movie. It is the second spin-off of The Lego Movie following this weekend's Lego Batman Movie, which is in theaters Friday. The first sneak peek at Ninjago will be followed by the full trailer reveal sometime tomorrow, Wednesday, February 8.

A new animated adventure in Warner Bros. Pictures' Lego franchise, The Lego Ninjago Movie stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Pe&#241a, Zach Woods, and the legendary Jackie Chan. In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors.

Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd's dad.
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Meet Jackie Chan as Master Wu in Lego Ninjago Movie

This weekend, Warner Bros. will release the first of their highly-anticipated Lego Movie spin-offs, The Lego Batman Movie, which brings back Will Arnett as the voice of Batman. Later this year, fans will be introduced to another corner of the Lego universe with The Lego Ninjago Movie, slated for release on September 22. While we wait for the first trailer's release, Warner Bros. has shared new images, featuring Jackie Chan as Master Wu, Justin Theroux as the villainous Lord Garmadon, Dave Franco as Garmadon's estranged son Lloyd, and the ninjas in his "super squad," Kai (Michael Pe&#241a), Zane (Zach Woods), Cole (Fred Armisen), Jay (Kumail Nanjiani) and Nya (Abbi Jacobson).

USA Today debuted these images, and also spoke with Dave Franco and Justin Theroux about their characters. Justin Theroux is described as the "black-helmeted, four-armed supervillain" who tries to rule over Ninjago City. Standing in his way is a team of teenage ninjas,
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Head Of Animation Hyrum Osmond And Story Artist David Derrick Jr on Disney's latest: Moana

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Moana is the story of a young Polynesian heir ineffably drawn to the one thing that her community opposes: venturing out into the ocean, like the little mermaid was so drawn to land, like a monster to Boo, and like an ambitious rat was to the culinary arts.

Moana Head of Animation Hyrum Osmand (Zootopia, Frozen, Wreck It Ralph, Tangled) and Story Artist David Derrick Jr. (How To Train Your Dragon, Flushed Away, Bee Movie) talked with the press in a roundtable before speaking to the visual arts students at the University of Denver. Tucked away in a corner of the university, David tapped into what made Moana so personal to him, allowing him to segue easily into the film’s themes of Polynesian ancestry and culture while Hyrum explored the unique challenges this particular film offered Disney’s elite animators.

Q.Michael J. Casey [Boulder Weekly]: On the Oceanic Story Trust.
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Lego Ninjago Movie Gets Olivia Munn as Koko

Lego Ninjago Movie Gets Olivia Munn as Koko
The main cast has been put together for The Lego Ninjago Movie, a new animated adventure in Warner Bros. Pictures' Lego franchise. The film will star Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Pe&#241a, Zach Woods and the legendary Jackie Chan. The Lego Ninjago Movie is slated to open nationwide on September 22, 2017.

In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret warriors and Lego Master Builders. Led by kung fu master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd's dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull
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Amazon Prime Day Deals: 18 Great Films And Television Shows To Buy Right Now

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Amazon Prime Day Deals: 18 Great Films And Television Shows To Buy Right Now
Amazon Prime Day is here, and with it, a bevy of deals for your entertainment-loving heart. In order to plow through the massive list of deals being offered to Amazon Prime members — it is called Amazon Prime Day for a reason — we’ve narrowed down some of the many offerings for 18 tried and tested IndieWire favorites, spanning both film and television, available with some very special streaming deals today only. Take a look, and start saving now.

Edge of Tomorrow” ($0.99, 80% off)

In a summer full of lousy Hollywood fare, go back to 2014 and re-experience Doug Liman’s brilliant sci-fi romp. Written by master screenwriter Chris McQuarrie, “Edge of Tomorrow” pushes Tom Cruise to rock bottom and kills him off in the first 10 minutes. And then does it again, and again and a few dozen more times. Consider it a video game movie that doesn’t need video game source material to make it work,
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Film Review: ‘The Secret Life of Pets’

Film Review: ‘The Secret Life of Pets’
In what may as well be Illumination’s answer to “Toy Story,” “The Secret Life of Pets” imagines how domesticated animals behave while their owners’ backs are turned, concentrating on a dynamic where newly adopted dog Duke (“Modern Family” star Eric Stonestreet, in the Buzz Lightyear role) disrupts the balance in a household where Max (Louis C.K., as the Woody equivalent) had previously been his human’s best friend. The formula may be familiar, but the personalities are completely fresh, yielding a menagerie of loveable — if downright ugly — cartoon critters banding together to help these two incompatible roommates from ending up on the streets.

Based on an original idea by Illumination honcho Chris Meledandri, “Pets” is the studio’s most accomplished feature, from both a story and animation standpoint, tapping into an endlessly expandable core concept — which could conceivably be repeated ad infinitum, ideally with an entirely new domesticated ensemble each time out.
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