Aardman Animations is quite possibly the world’s foremost claymation animation film studio. The company was founded way back in 1972 based on the founders’ desire to produce an animated film. With their dream in hand they moved forward and began with short films for various clients, including the BBC.
For roughly 25 years Aardman worked on shorts and television shows, including the creation of the characters Wallace and Gromit. It was in 1997 that Aardman was finally given a chance to make a featured animated film. That film was Chicken Run and even though it took roughly six years to get to the screen it was a big hit, generating box office receipts over $100 million and taking in all kinds of critical plaudits. They’ve since worked regularly in feature films and continue to release new and successful movies.