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|First appearance||Take Hart, 15 February 1977|
|Created by||Peter Lord |
Morph, is a series of clay stop-motion comedy animations, named after the main character. This character was initially seen interacting with Tony Hart, beginning in 1977, on several of his UK TV programmes, notably Take Hart and Hartbeat.
Morph was produced for the BBC by Aardman Animations, later famous for the "Sledgehammer" music video and Wallace and Gromit. Morph appeared mainly in one-minute "shorts" interspersed throughout the show. These were connected to the main show by having Hart deliver a line or two to Morph who would reply in gobbledygook but with meaningful gestures. Later on, Morph was joined by cream-coloured Chas, who was much more badly behaved.
Morph can change shape, he would become spheres in order to move around, or extrude into cylinders to pass to different levels. He can also mimic other objects, or creatures. Morph lived in a wooden microscope box on an artists desk, and he and Chas both loved to eat cake, as seen in many of the shorts.
Some of the early plasticine models of Morph were destroyed in a fire at the warehouse where they were being stored, on 10 October 2005.
Morph's 30th birthday was celebrated in 2007 by creator Peter Lord and celebrity fan and comedian Phill Jupitus at events for the Encounters Film Festival in Bristol. In March 2009, shortly after Hart's death, a flashmob of Morph characters was organised in London outside the Tate Modern art gallery.
On 29 October 2013, Peter Lord (co-founder of Aardman Animations) created a fund raising project on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. The campaign set a target of £75,000 to be used to fund 12 new one minute episodes. The target was reached on 6 November 2013 after only 9 days, attracting contributions from over 1,700 backers who received a variety of rewards, including early access to the new animations and a small box of clay used in the production, depending on the individual's level of funding. In January 2014, Peter Lord and Aardman began production on 15 new episodes featuring Morph. The new series premiered on Morph's official YouTube channel from 4 July 2014 to 30 January 2015.
In 2015, a Morph experience opened at Land's End. The Land's End signpost was rebranded 'Lamb's End' with original sets, models and characters from a range of Aardman productions. Visitors were also able to star in a real Shaun the Sheep scene, using green screen technology, and meet other characters from the Aardman family, including Shaun the Sheep and Wallace & Gromit.
Released between 20 March and 2 October 2015, HD restored versions of The Amazing Adventures of Morph appeared on YouTube and n the summer of 2015, Morph returned to TV on CBBC with the new episodes. From 6 November 2015 to 7 January 2016, The Lost Tapes from 2001 were revealed having been redubbed and remastered on YouTube. In March 2016, it was announced that Sky plc had made a deal with Aardman Animations to produce new Morph material to be directed at its child audience. From 6 May 2016 to 15 September 2017, all clips captured from Take Hart were revealed on the Morph YouTube channel. In August 2017, new Morph merchandise was shown at Wallace & Gromit's Charity Shop.
Films, shorts, and TV series
|1980–81||The Amazing Adventures of Morph*|
|1995||The Morph Files|
|1997||Morph TV (with Tony Hart)|
|1998||On Your Marks|
|2001||The Lost Tapes*|
|2006||Morph (TV series)|
|2009||Ashes to Ashes (guest appearance)|
|2012||Ricky's Radical Reinventions|
|2014–present||Brand New Morph**|
- (*) Restored and available on YouTube.
- (**) Made for YouTube.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||19||4 November 2013||26 June 2014|
|2||17||4 July 2014||6 March 2015|
|3||12||2 March 2018||TBA|
Season 1: 2013–14
The First Season of Morph was aired on 4 November 2013 and ended on 26 June 2014.
|101 (1)||Hats||4 November 2013|
|102 (2)||No Entry||4 November 2013|
|103 (3)||Magic Boots||4 November 2013|
|104 (4)||Invisimorph||4 November 2013|
|105 (5)||Sweet Showdown||4 November 2013|
|106 (6)||The Amazing Mimic||6 November 2013|
|107 (7)||Get The Picture||11 November 2013|
|108 (8)||Cake||14 November 2013|
|109 (9)||Robomorph||27 March 2014|
|110 (10)||Messy April Fools||1 April 2014|
|111 (11)||Card Trick||1 May 2014|
|112 (12)||Ice Cream||8 May 2014|
|113 (13)||Row Your Boat||15 May 2014|
|114 (14)||Sailors||22 May 2014|
|115 (15)||Cleaning||29 May 2014|
|116 (16)||Minimorph||5 June 2014|
|117 (17)||Football||12 June 2014|
|118 (18)||Sitting Comfortably?||19 June 2014|
|119 (19)||Pudding Time||26 June 2014|
Season 2: 2014–15
|201 (20)||Twin Decks||4 July 2014|
|202 (21)||Portable Hole||18 July 2014|
|203 (22)||Great Outdoors||1 August 2014|
|204 (23)||Stand Up||15 August 2014|
|205 (24)||Fetch||29 August 2014|
|206 (25)||Bin It To Win It||12 September 2014|
|207 (26)||Stick Up||26 September 2014|
|208 (27)||Hiccups||10 October 2014|
|209 (28)||Box of Tricks||24 October 2014|
|210 (29)||Selfie||7 November 2014|
|211 (30)||Clean Sweep||21 November 2014|
|212 (31)||Goal||5 December 2014|
|213 (32)||Xmas||19 December 2014|
|214 (33)||Sloped World||2 January 2015|
|215 (34)||Chas Express||17 January 2015|
|216 (35)||Picture Perfect||30 January 2015|
|217 (36)||Red Nose Day||6 March 2015|
Season 3: 2018
|301 (37)||Phosing||2 March 2018|
|302 (38)||One Man and His Dog||16 March 2018|
|303 (39)||Treasure Map||30 March 2018|
|304 (40)||Shadow Puppets||13 April 2018|
|305 (41)||Magic Doors||27 April 2018|
|306 (42)||Boot Camp||11 May 2018|
|307 (43)||Desktop Rodeo||25 May 2018|
|308 (44)||Tablet||8 June 2018|
|309 (45)||New Neighbour||22 June 2018|
|310 (46)||Birthday Party||3 July 2018|
|311 (47)||Portable Portals||20 July 2018|
|312 (48)||Lamp||3 August 2018|
|313 (49)||Remote||17 August 2018|
|314 (50)||Pinata||31 August 2018|
- Morph – The curious and creative main character with tuscan red skin. He is a clay figure who can transform into many things.
- Chas – Morph's mischievous white-skinned best friend. Morph created him as a self-portrait, but he came to life.
- Nailbrush – Morph's 'canine' companion, a barking nailbrush.
- GrandMorph – Morph's elderly, bearded grandfather, who travels by skateboard and frequently invents things.
- Delilah – A bossy, bespectacled female character in a yellow dress with dark brownish-purple skin who is rather sexist.
- Folly – A scatter-brained girl made of tin-foil.
- Gillespie – A large, purple, dimwitted but peaceable friend of Morph's.
- The Very Small Creatures – An array of small plasticine balls with eyes who travel in a swarm; the smallest of the group, Little Green, features prominently on his own in a number of episodes.
- Gobbledygook – A green, omnivorous alien child (who arrived on the table by sleeping near Morph's box in The Amazing Adventures of Morph, but in The Morph Files, he arrived by mistakenly being printed from a 'Space Invaders' style game).
- The Paint Pots - A group of sentient paint pots who can morph their paint into facsimilles of people; unlike Morph and Chas, they are able to speak coherently (one of them even points out Morph's inability to speak English); they only appear in Take Hart
- Talking Lamp - A Luxo lamp who warns the others when Tony is entering the room; like the Paint Pots, he only appears in Take Hart, but later reappeared in a 2018 short in a silent role more akin to Luxo Jr.
- Narrator: Tony Hart
- Animators: Peter Lord, David Sproxton
- Modelmaker: Chris Entwistle
- Lighting/Camera: Nat Sale
- Special Effects: Peter Harwood
- Editor: Alan Trott
- Executive Producers: David Hamilton, Claire Derry
- Produced by: Patrick Dowling
- Written and Directed by: Peter Lord, David Sproxton
- Narrator: Neil Morrissey
- Animation by: Aardman Animations
- Storyboard: Andy James
- Stop-Motion Animation: Mike Booth, Gary Cureton, Dave Osmond
- Modelmaker: Chris Entwistle
- Lighting/Camera: Nat Sale
- Computer Animation: Alan Snow
- Sound Designers: Tom Myers and Will Norte
- Dubbing Editor: James Mather
- Special Sound Effects: Peter Harwood
- Special Visual Effects: Alan Snow
- Foley Artist: Jana Vance
- Licensing & Marketing: Link Licensing
- For Link Licensing: David Hamilton, Claire Derry
- Special Thanks to: Nick Park, Peter Lord, David Sproxton, Aardman Animations Staff
- Music by: Julian Nott
- Film Editor: Andrew Hassenruck
- Production Designer: Peter Lord
- Director of Photography: Nick Park
- Executive Producers: Peter Lord, David Sproxton
- Produced by: Jacqueline White
- Written by: Andy Walker
- Directed by: Peter Lord
- Wallace and Gromit
- Shaun the Sheep
- Creature Comforts
- Cartoon Network (Japan)
- Pogo (TV channel)
- Morris, Steven (11 October 2005). "Curses, Gromit! Fire destroys animation firm's history on eve of box office triumph". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
- "Morph flashmob honours Tony Hart". News.bbc.co.uk. 1 March 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
- Mirror.co.uk (28 April 2009). "1980s kids' plasticine star Morph to star in Ashes To Ashes". Retrieved 27 November 2018.
- "'Bring back Morph' campaign launched". 30 October 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "All New Adventures of Morph from Aardman Animations". Kickstarter.com. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2015-10-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Agency (20 May 2015). "Morph returns to TV after 15 years with new CBBC show". Retrieved 27 November 2018 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
- Financial Times, 31 March 2016
- "The Gromit Unleashed Shop". Wallaceandgromitcharityshop.org.uk. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
- Official Morph website
- Official Morph YouTube channel
- Information about Morph, with photograph
- B3ta interview with Tony Hart which discusses Morph
- A fond farewell to Morph: Tony Hart article about Morph
- Animation archive up in smoke: BBC News article about Aardman's warehouse fire
- Morph's page on Tony Hart's official site
- Limited edition Morph prints created for Morph's 30th anniversary
- Guardian article about Aardman's warehouse fire
- Kickstarter project to fund new production