Stop Motion Software became my passion when I first set eyes on Wallace and Gromit and later Shaun the Sheep. Aardman have been inspirational both in their creative spirit and imagination in the art of stop motion animation.

I came across a nice report from the National Trust charity in the UK recently. Here is a transcript of the article. ( All rights to the BBC & National Trust Charity-UK)

Tim Muffett:      Very few companies are considered a national treasure. Many feel Aardman is precisely that, from Morph to Wallace and Gromit, from Peter Gabriel’s groundbreaking video for Sledgehammer to Shaun the Sheep. Aardman has made them all. Now, Aardman’s latest production is actually a spin-off series. So, just as the American comedy Frasier was a spin-off from Cheers, and Grange Hill was such a big hit, they made Tucker’s Luck, not such a good example of that one. So Shaun the Sheep has been such a big hit, it’s now time for Timmy Time. It is Aardman’s first show for preschoolers, children aged between 2 and 5.

Speaker 2:           I wanted Timmy to be in a very bright, colourful stylized world because I think when you’re a preschooler and you go to nursery, it’s a really fun, exciting time, it’s the first time you leave home, and I wanted, as you just see, the sets to be fun and I wanted kids to want to jump into the TV and be there with Timmy.

 

Tim Muffett:      Like all Aardman productions, Timmy Time uses stop motion animation, you move the character take a picture, move the character take another picture. Just as animator Garrett is doing for our camera now.

 

Garrett:  Move the ears down this time perhaps.

 

Tim Muffett: It’s incredibly time consuming doing stop motion. Shooting 8 seconds of footage in a day is good going. But many believe it’s [stop motion is] the purest and best form of animation.

 

Garrett:                                From the outside it looks very kind of painful process. But you get your mind into the moment of that character and you get a thrill of seeing it moving.

 

Tim Muffett:      For one man in particular, the making of Timmy Time brought some familiar challenges.

 

Speaker 4:           Timmy gave us the same sort of problems that we had with Morph a very long time ago that you tried to tell a story without a character talk specifically and without an oration, and so everything that happens in the story has to be acted-out, has to be performed with the face and the body. So it’s kind of like, it’s like mimes like silent comedy.

 

Tim Muffett:      Timmy-Time looks set to be yet another Aardman hit. Series 2 is already in production. One thing’s for certain though, it won’t be rushed. Aardman has proved quality stop motion animation takes time. Tim Muffett, BBC News.

So why don’t you start making some cool animations of Timmy the sheep using your iKITMovie – Stop Motion Software.