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British Virtual Reality Company collaborate with Google

The first ever Virtual Reality (VR) 360 degree interactive Google Doodle ‘Back to the Moon’ is made at Nexus Studios (London) by FX Goby.

2018
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Loving Vincent is released

Hugh Welchman and Dorota Kobiela write, produce and direct ‘Loving Vincent’ a feature film about Vincent Van Gogh made from over 65,000 oil paintings. The film employs 125 painters and received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature.

2017
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Ethel & Earnest

The feature film ‘Ethel and Ernest’ is released. Another adaptation of a Raymond Briggs novel this film tells the tale of Brigg’s parents moving through their lives from 1928 to 1971. The film was produced by Lupus Films in London.

2016
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Hand Drawn Film gains prestigious nomination

Richard Williams receives an Oscar nomination for his hand-drawn film ‘Prologue’.

2015
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The Clangers are revived

Daniel Postgate (son of Oliver Postgate) collaborates with Peter Firmin on a new series of ‘The Clangers’.

2014
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Paranorman directed by British Animator

2012 – ‘Paranorman’ (Laika, USA) is released internationally, co-directed by Aardman alumnus Sam Fell.

2012
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Grant Orchard creates Award Winning short film

‘A Morning Stroll’ by Grant Orchard receives an Oscar nomination.

2011
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Barry Purves finishes his 10th film

One of Britain’s most revered stop-motion puppet animators, Barry Purves finishes his 10th film ‘Tchaikovsky’. Purves’ films are admired internationally and have picked up multiple festival awards. Barry is also an acclaimed screenwriter, educator and stage director.

2011
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The Illusionist made in Edinburgh

Sylvain Chomet directs his feature ‘The Illusionist’ in Edinburgh, Scotland. The film picks up numerous top film awards.

2010
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Flushed Away hits Cinemas

Sam Fell directs ‘Flushed Away’ Aardman’s first computer-generated feature film (Aardman/DreamWorks).

2006
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Yet another British Animation wins Oscar

Suzie Templeton writes and directs the stop-frame film ‘Peter and the Wolf’. The film wins the Best Animated Short Oscar in 2007. Hugh Welchman co-produces this film and goes on to make ‘Loving Vincent’ (2017).

2006
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The Curse of the Were-Rabbit proves to be Oscar Worthy

Wallace & Gromit in ‘The Curse of the Were-Rabbit’ gives Nick Park (Aardman) his fourth Oscar win.

2005
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Magic Light Pictures is set up

Michael Rose leaves his successful production run at Aardman to set up Magic Light Pictures with Martin Pope in London. MLP films such as ‘Chico & Rita’, ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘Room on the Broom’ and others have been nominated for four Oscars, won two Baftas, two International Kids Emmys, a European Film Award and multiple Annecy festival awards.

2003
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The Animator's Survival Guide

Richard Williams publishes ‘The Animator’s Survival Kit’ which is regarded as the ‘bible’ reference for animators.

2002
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Chicken Run comes out

Aardman’s ‘Chicken Run’ was the first Aardman film made with DreamWorks backing and remains one of the highest grossing stop-frame feature films of all time. The DreamWorks/Aardman relationship lasted until 2006 and produced 3 feature films.

2000