4. Arthur Christmas (2011)
Directed by Sarah Smith, Arthur Christmas is a heart-warming and fun holiday film featuring the voices of some of Britain’s best-loved actors; James McAvoy, Bill Nighy, Hugh Laurie and Imelda Staunton, amongst others. This is Aardman’s first collaboration with Sony Pictures, and it makes for a lovely Christmas film to watch come each December.
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3. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)
Following the success of the television series, Aardman produced the universally acclaimed Shaun the Sheep Movie, which in turn became a spin-off of the 1995 Wallace and Gromit short film A Close Shave.
Shaun and his flock venture into the big city to rescue their farmer who finds himself there as a result of the sheeps’ mischief. The movie was nominated for many awards as well as winning a Toronto Film Critics Award after its release. In the US, the film’s promotion sparked a stir as they spoofed other huge films of that year, such as Ant-Man, Spectre and Minions. Hilariously funny and inventive, this is a key release in the filmography of Aardman.
2. Chicken Run (2000)
For this entry, we’re heading back to the turn of the century for Aardman’s first-ever feature film Chicken Run.
This was wildly popular in the UK and remains to be at the forefront of memes and online user-generated content. It also tickled hearts worldwide and wound up grossing $224 million, making it the highest-grossing stop-motion film of all time. Although the film has a slightly controversial topic, the comedy within is endless and the film can overall be considered a timeless classic.
1. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
At the top of the list is one of animation’s best-loved duos: Wallace and Gromit. In the pair’s first feature-length film, these best friends tackle their latest venture as pest control agents, as they come to the rescue of a village plagued by rabbits before an annual vegetable competition. Full of laughs, frights and absolute buffoonery, this quintessentially British animation saw Aardman join up with Dreamworks and gain an Oscar for their incredible production.
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