Aardman Animation “Armature Kit” launched to aid stop motion animation students and fans

Aardman Animation "Armature Kit"Stop motion armature specialist Animation Toolkit has partnered with Aardman to design and create a bespoke armature kit to help stop motion animation students and enthusiasts with the puppet making process.

The Aardman Animation Kit includes eight easy to assemble products, from a customisable Character Kit to a compact A2 Studio Stage – perfect for the bedroom animator.

The kit is now available to pre-order on the Animation Toolkit website.

Animation Toolkit was founded by award-winning animation producer Westley Wood after he saw a gap in the market following his own struggle to find parts and materials to help him create armatures for production. The company is now recognised as one of the biggest global manufacturers of stop-motion armatures (anatomically correct metal engineered skeleton) and its range of kits have been used in hundreds of productions across the world including the recent release Chuck Steel – Night of the Trampires.

“It’s an honour to work with one of the finest stop-motion animation producers in the UK,” says Westley Wood, Managing Director of Animation Toolkit. “The Wallace & Gromit films were inspirational to our development as a company and fuelled our desire to help others make stop-motion films.

“By its very nature, stop-motion puppet (armature) fabrication isn’t an easy task and doesn’t fall into the average person’s repertoire of DIY projects. We hope that these kits make the art more accessible to a vast range of storytellers, and help continue to grow and sustain creativity within this art form, for many years to come”.

“The Aardman armature kits are perfect for student or amateur filmmakers to bring their characters life,” says Merlin Crossingham, Creative Director of Wallace & Gromit. “I look forward to seeing the creativity and animation that the kits will support”.

• The Aardman kit is now available to pre-order on the Animation Toolkit website.

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