The Amazing Adventures of Morph

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The Amazing Adventures of Morph
GenreAnimation
Family
Comedy
Science fiction
Created byAardman Animations
Directed byPeter Lord
David Sproxton
Starring
Narrated byTony Hart
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes26
Production
ProducerPatrick Dowling
Running time5 minutes
Production companyAardman Animations
DistributorBBC
Release
Original networkBBC
Original releaseOctober 13, 1980 (1980-10-13) –
May 18, 1981 (1981-05-18)
Chronology
Followed byThe Morph Files (1995)
Related showsspun off from Take Hart (1977)

The Amazing Adventures of Morph is a British stop-motion clay animation television show created by Aardman Animations which ran from 1980 to 1981. It featured the character Morph and his cream-coloured best friend Chas.

Production[edit]

The character of Morph first appeared on the children's art-themed TV show Take Hart with Tony Hart in 1977.[1] This series served as a spin-off to Take Hart and a showcase for Morph.[2] The character had become so popular that the BBC commissioned 26 5-min episodes featuring the character.[3]

Characters[edit]

As well as Morph and his cream-coloured best friend Chas from previous appearances, the show incorporated various additional characters; Folly (a female tinfoil figure), Gillespie (large, blue and dim-witted), GrandMorph (an elderly grey-bearded version of Morph with a skateboard and a knack for inventing things), Delilah (a blonde female in a yellow dress and glasses who serves as a straight character) Nailbrush (a nailbrush dog), Gobbledygook (a green alien) and The Very Small Creatures. Early versions of Folly and Gillespie had previously made a brief appearance in Take Hart.[4]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

  1. The Beginning
  2. The Day Nothing Happened
  3. Play Golf
  4. Morph takes a Ditch
  5. The Day Morph Was Ill
  6. Morph's Forgotten Dream
  7. Morph the Weakling
  8. Chalk the Dog
  9. The Two Mountaineers
  10. The Double Decker Boot
  11. Butch Morph and the Chas Kid
  12. The Day Morph Went Skiing
  13. The Abominable Snowman
  14. The Invisible Morph
  15. Where's Cricket?
  16. A Swimming Pool in the Garden
  17. The Strange Visitor
  18. A Game of Chess
  19. The Very Small Creature, Green
  20. GrandMorph's Beard
  21. The Babysitters
  22. Morph Sticks With It
  23. Gobbledygook the Burglar
  24. GrandMorph's Home Movies
  25. Morph and the Swoggle Flange
  26. The Magic Wand

Online re-release[edit]

From 20 March to 2 October 2015, HD restored versions of all 26 episodes of the series had appeared on YouTube.

Critical reception[edit]

MSN UK said "It would be fantastic to see this show back on terrestrial TV - it was entertaining and original."[2]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1981 Patrick Dowling BAFTA TV Award for 'Harlequin' (Drama/Light Entertainment) Nominated[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sheridan, Simon (2004). The A-Z of Classic Children's Television: From Alberto Frog to Zebedee. Reynolds & Hearn Ltd. pp. 38–41. ISBN 1903111277.
  2. ^ a b "1980s kids faves: The Amazing Adventures of Morph - Knightmare: ITV cult kids classic to be shown on YouTube". Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-14.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ Lenburg, J. (2006). Who's who in Animated Cartoons: An International Guide to Film & Television's Award-winning and Legendary Animators. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. ISBN 9781617746604. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  4. ^ https://amazingmorph.com/history/
  5. ^ "The Amazing Adventures of Morph - Awards - IMDb". imdb.com. Retrieved 14 January 2014.

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