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Peter Lord is Creative Director of Aardman Animations, which he co-founded with his long-time collaborator David Sproxton in 1972, when they were still schoolboys. In 1976, their breakthrough success was with the clay character Morph, who later starred in his own series ‘The Amazing Adventures of Morph’.
They developed the technique of stop motion animation, usually with clay puppets, which became the company’s hallmark. Their work has ranged from TV series like ‘Shaun the Sheep’ and ‘Creature Comforts’ to TV commercials and music videos including Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sledgehammer’ and Nina Simone’s ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’.
In the 1980s and 90s Peter directed a series of independent short films, often for an adult audience, including ‘Conversation Pieces’, the ‘Lip Sync’ series and ‘Babylon’. In 2000 he co-directed, with Nick Park, Aardman’s first feature film ‘Chicken Run’.
Since then, Peter has been intimately involved as executive producer, producer or director on five more feature films: ‘Flushed Away’, ‘The Curse of the Were-Rabbit’, ‘Arthur Christmas’, ‘The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists’ and ‘Shaun the Sheep The Movie’.
Peter is also Executive Producer for Nick Park’s series of films starring Wallace and Gromit. He is also co-producer on ‘Shaun the Sheep The Movie’, ‘Early Man’ and ‘Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’ (2019), the studios latest feature films produced with distribution partners STUDIOCANAL.
As a director, Peter has been honoured with three Academy Award® nominations for ‘Adam’ in 1992, for ‘Wat’s Pig’ in 1996 and for his first solo feature ‘The Pirates! Band of Misfits’ in 2013.
In November 2018, Aardman became an Employee Owned organisation, ensuring that the studio remains independent and securing the creative legacy and culture of the company for the future.
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