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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Adaptation: Crafty Textures Investigating (TV shows)

Within this idea of craft based world there are a fair few children's programs in the same league. The first that sprang to mind were 'Morph and Chas' from my days of watching the CBBC children's art show, 'SMart'. However the little Plasticine stop motion characters pre-dated that show by almost twenty years. Morph was first brought to life by 'Aardman Animations' accompanying the famous TV presenter and artist Tony Hart from 1977 onward. What's to be noticed about their little universe is exactly that. Its little. The characters interact with everyday objects that tower above them. A nail brush doubles as a pet dog to these characters (as seen in the clip below.) Also they play on the fact that these characters are created from Plasticine reshaping themselves to tell stories, play games or simply just to get around to the environment.

Morph 'and Chas'

Alan pointed me in the direction of an eighties TV show called 'Button Moon' using puppet characters made of (and based on) kitchen utensils. The main character Mr. Spoon travels to Button Moon every episode in a rocket ship he made himself (One that bares a remarkable resemblance to a baked bean tin) And his family sometimes appear in various episodes. (Such as the one featured below) Much like 'Little Big Planet' entire worlds are created from various found objects.

Button Moon

A few other TV Shows of note with interesting background/environment choices, or general material theme.

Of course there is the felted, fuzzy world of 'The Muppets'. A puppet by Jim Hensen and first created in 1955. It became a very popular franchise spawning into many films as the puppets go on their adventures. They have large theatrical sets, but its the puppets that are the most interesting with their zany whacky brightly coloured designs.

'The Magic Roundabout' was a French invention from 1963 by Serge Danot. The original series was too difficult to translate so the BBC had a new version made (using the original stop motion) with English scripts. It was broadcast in the UK from 1965-1977.  The environment is intriguing because of its abstraction and 2D nature and the bizarre colour combinations.

'The Herbs' was another kids TV Show, created by Graham Clutterbuck and broadcast in 1968. It was a fantastical garden world that was inhabited by a mixture of humans and creatures with herb based names.

Finally here we have 'The Clangers' a stop motion animated series consisting of knitted alien characters who live in a Blue Moon.The first episode was broadcast in 1969. One of the most memorable features was the way in which these creatures communicated with one another. They did it in whistles that represented a language. But the gestures, body language and a narrator would usually guide the way as to what was happening in the story.

It would appear the majority of inspiration for my adaptation project will be in the older of kids TV shows and the cute with regards to gaming. I am sure an art style and theme are o be found somewhere in these influences that will really make my Attic environment sing of the nonsense, dreamt up by Shel Silverstein.

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