This was the history pages of the Aardman logos throughout the ages
1989-1997[edit | edit source]
Logo: On a sunny sky blue background, we see the top of a clay planet with a river running through it, trees, and a portrait . The planet turns right and a red/yellow polkadot bow-tie shaped butterfly places itself on a patch of blue and white, which appears to be a suit. As this is happening, the letters A (White Scaffolds hanging from a pole) A (An Brown Structure) R (An brownish yellow Bridge and two strips) D (An Yellowish pink D) M (A yellow folded paper) A (A Blue blob with an "A" engraved) N (Three brown pipes)
in various shapes, arrange themselves to the right so they are in separate wooden boxes like a construction crane a pencil and a stair . Then, different types of wood form a frame. A smiling clay face drops from the top frame to where we can't see the eyes. Then two clouds drop into place in the sky, as by the ages and weeks and months and days
fades in below. All of this takes place inside a small white box against a black background.
- There was a alternative variant where the smiling clay face is altered and the third "" is changed to a brown color pencil then a face we can't see the eyes and the intro is throughout the weeks years and ages
- Sometimes, the logo can have a full open matte.
FX/SFX: The river, the cheese in frame,a pencil in then the face dropping down, the clouds dropping, and the whole scene turning. Very impressive animation that has aged really well over the years.
Music/Sounds: Two ominous violin notes, followed by a bird cry, and two more short bass violin notes.
Music/Sounds Variant: A slightly high pitch version was found when Nickelodeon aired A Close Shave on 23 December 2000.
Availability: Seen on many Aardman short films, most notably the Wallace and Gromit shorts A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave; it was added on the 2000 DVD containing all three shorts (from Hit Entertainment and Fox, a still version with copyright information was seen at the end and the begin of The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave ) but was put back in for one Wallace & Gromit short on Wallace and Gromit in The First 3 Adventures was released by 20th Century Fox . The logo is intact on the CBS-Fox -Video DVD and VHS prints of those shorts, so check eBay, Amazon, or a local thrift store for those tapes and discs. Also seen on Amazon and Vudu Or Netflix's prints of those four shorts .
Scare Factor: Low, mostly due to the music. The scare factor might rise if you find it paired with the "Ominous Choir" BBC logo. Some people may also get creeped out by the clay face.
1998 2000-2005-2012[edit | edit source]
Nickname: A Clockwork Aardman Animations
Logo: On a blue background with a blue gear surrounded by clouds, planes, on blue and yellow gears, on both bottom sides are trees on brown gears as We slowly zoom toward a blue square with a red star (though was see some gears inside it) on it. It has little arms, legs, and a head, and is running on a green gear that has the letters of "Aardman" printed on it in red and some are spinning around in different directions. Surrounding the square are the teal and green gears at the bottom and on both sides are dark blue houses and buildings, greenish cars and limos, brown buildings and factories, people, and green hands rotating around on gears. A human hand then reaches out from the right, grabs the square, and presses its head like a stopwatch, freezing the scenery. "Aardman" is formed below.As Seen On Movies Chicken Run in December 23 2000 and The Battle 1-2 in 2012 December 1
FX/SFX: All the animation used, which is done in a strange, sketchbook-like style.
Music/Sounds: A sly jazz tune with ticking that stops when the logo does.
Music/Souds Variant: Some Wallace and Gromit's Cracking Contraptions episodes have a bouncy tune instead of the normal music.
Availability: Seen on Rex the Runt, wallace and gromit's Cracking Contraptions, Wallace & Gromit's The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Flushed Away video game, Wallace and Gromit: Project Zoo and the UK Pathe print of The Chicken Run 2001 DVD With Normal Pitch though it was absent on the UK Pathe print (due to the Pathe Logo's length). It did, however, appear on the Chicken Run video game for PS3, Dreamcast, and Nintendo or PC then . Wii U Or Wii U 1
Scare Factor: None.
2018- 2012- 2015- 2000 -(print logo)[edit | edit source]
Logo: Over a black BG, we see the word "Aardman" similar to the previous logo, but in a grungy red font, with a red star drawn in the same style shown on the top left.
As Seen In Movies The Curse Of The Were Rabbit and Chicken Run Ended In Nick Jr in UK
2003-2012-2004[edit | edit source]
Logo: On a black Background we see the current Aardman Animations logo peeling up out of the blackness, while a reflection is seen at an angle below. When the logo fully appears, the reflection fades out, leaving just the logo.
- On Aardman-produced TV shows since 2003, the logo is a brighter shade of red and is a still image. On Shaun the Sheep, this logo is shown at the top, with the BBC logo in the center. Copyright info is shown below.
- On Flushed Away the word "Aardman" slides from the bottom and the star appears.
- There is a cinematic version where the word "Aardman" is embossed on a black printing machine, Then the star in the same style is placed in the matching shape hole by a pair of tweezers, then we zoom out to reveal the printing machine we pan to the right as the machine starts up we pan to the other side that the logo is printed on a black conveyor belt
FX/SFX: The computer-generated peeling animation. For the variant, none.
Music/Sounds: A quiet grinding noise plays as the logo peels, then silience
Availability: Current; the variant is seen on Aardman-produced TV shows. The alternative logo is seen only on Flushed Away. The regular logo can be seen on Early Man Arthur Christmas in 2004 and The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists The Battle 3 and 4 in 2012
Scare Factor: None.