Animation royalty Aardman Studios are 40 this year and Waterside Arts Centre are marking it with a new free interactive exhibition in association with Aardman themselves and Manchester Animation Festival.
Big and little kids alike can relish the chance to take a look at the real puppets, props and artwork from much-loved titles such as The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!, Wallace and Gromit and the ubiquitous (for those with kids under the age of 4) Timmy Time.
The focus, however, is also on how the characters and stories are brought to life and families will be able to delve deeper into the magic of stop motion animation. Look out for puppets which reveal how they have been made as part of the stop motion process, have a go at creating and moulding characters and step into the worlds of the animations themselves in Timmy’s nursery and the pirate ship from The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!
Aardman continue to be at the top of the world animation game with their mix of both independent and commercial work and we love that there is something for everyone at this exhibition – from the tiniest tot who loves Timmy Time to budding artists, crafters and animators of all ages.