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Aardman Animations, Ltd., also known as Aardman Studios, or simply as Aardman, is a British animation studio based in Bristol. Aardman is known for films made using stop-motion clay animation techniques, particularly those featuring Plasticine characters Wallace and Gromit. After some experimental computer animated short films during the late 1990s, beginning with Owzat (1997), it entered the computer animation market with Flushed Away (2006). Aardman films have made $971.8 million worldwide and average $162 million per film. All of their stop motion films are among the highest-grossing stop-motion films, with their debut, Chicken Run, being their top-grossing film as well as the highest-grossing stop-motion film of all time.

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The logo for Aardman is just the red wordmark with grungy print marks around it with an inverted star on the top left corner of the word with the same style of print marks surrounding it.

An early logo from 1989 to 1998 is just a makeshift portrait of a smiling face (with its eyes hidden) with a suit made out of plasticine materials on a green clay sphere with trees, and a river. The vertical styled word "AARDMAN" are made out of different objects and seen next to the portrait on the right.


Forming an Partnership with Sony Pictures AnimationEdit

In April 2007, Aardman signed and in 2010 renewed a three-year deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment to finance, co-produce and distribute feature films. The first film made in partnership with Sony was computer-animated Arthur Christmas (2011), which is Aardman's first 3-D feature film. 2012 was the release of The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists (known internationally as The Pirates! Band of Misfits), Aardman's first 3-D stop-motion film and Peter Lord's first film as a director since Chicken Run.


# Title Year Budget Gross
1 Arthur Christmas 2011 $100 million $147.2 million
2 The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! 2012 $55 million $123.1 million

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