Animated Adventures – The Exhibition

24th October 2009 – 17th January 2010

The herbert is hosting an animation exhibition dedicated to Aardman, heres the details come and get involved.

Discover the science and magic of animation in this brand new interactive exhibition.

Animated Adventures showcases many of the incredible handcrafted sets and models from Aardman and DreamWorks’ new feature film Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit.

Enjoy a rare, behind-the-scenes insight into how Aardman, and other featured animators, create their characters. From storyboards and set design to cel painting, stop frame and CGI technology, learn top tips from the industry and then have a go at creating your own crazy animations!

Have a go

Make your own stop frame animation, animate an on-screen character, and have a go at cel painting and creating sound effects. In the Live Science zone, get stuck into Animation stations where you can make your own flick books, design your own cartoon character, test your clay modelling skills and take on the giant pencil challenge. And don’t miss Explore’s fun family show, Seeing and Believing!

See the sets and stars!

Explore-At-Bristol also has an exclusive addition to the main touring exhibition: two of the main sets from the new feature film Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit. Visitors will have a rare chance get up close to see the incredible detail involved in their handcrafted sets and models.

Dominating the floor is the set from the film’s lavish final scene, with the backdrop of the awesome Tottington Hall, the venue of the film’s main event: the annual Giant Vegetable Competition. This was the largest set used in the film’s production and is home to a huge magical fairground.

Catch the crowd of characters in the midst of a carnival of vibrantly coloured tents, beautiful carousels and fun-filled fairground rides.

As the film’s title suggests, rabbits also feature greatly in the film – see how many you can spot in the fairground set. From prize bunnies at the hook a duck stall to bunny shaped balloons, they have been breeding like, well…rabbits!

But that’s not all, the exhibition includes another ten Aardman film sets to admire. You can take a sneak peek inside Lady Tottington’s sumptuous home, see Wallace and Gromit’s bunny-laden basement and get a closer look at Wallace’s new hair-brained contraptions. You can even see how the furry buck-toothed Were-rabbit was constructed in a stage-by-stage display!

A whopping 2.7tons of plasticine was used in the production of the film, equivalent to the weight of a Land Rover, and each character gets a new pair of eyes every two months.

Why not come and discover loads more fascinating facts about this comic adventure film that took four years in the making!