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Nick Park is best known for creating the British animated characters Wallace & Gromit. He is a four time Academy Award® winner, three in the category of Best Animated Short Film – ‘Creature Comforts’, ‘The Wrong Trousers’ and ‘A Close Shave’ and one in the category for Best Animated Feature Film for ‘The Curse of the Were-Rabbit’. All four films were created and produced at Aardman, in Bristol, where Park is a director.
Nick joined Aardman in 1985 to complete his college film ‘A Grand Day Out’ and served as a director and animator on numerous projects including pop promos, title sequences and inserts for children’s television. He was one of the co-directors on the studios first feature film 15 years later with Peter Lord. This was the highly acclaimed box office hit ‘Chicken Run’.
The World of Wallace & Gromit is always in Nick’s mind, but his most recent feature film featured a very different world that he has wanted to share, the pre-historic world of ‘Early Man’.
His well-loved characters can be seen globally across many types of apparel, advertising campaigns, computer games or giant sculpts in charity trails. The common thread is that they always raise a smile.