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1st Logo
(1989-1998)
Aardman Animations (1989)Aardman Animations 1993 (Not Without My Handbag Variant)Aardman Animations 1993 End Card (The Wrong Trousers Variant)Aardman Animations 1995 End Card (A Close Shave Variant)Aardman Animations (1998) (Rex the Runt Variant)Aardman Animations (1995) (The Morph Files Variant)

Logo: On a sunny sky blue background, we see the top of a clay planet with a river running through it, trees, etc. The planet turns right and a red/yellow polkadot butterfly places itself on a patch of blue and white, which appears to be a suit. As this is happening, the letters
A
A
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in various shapes, arrange themselves to the right so they are in separate wooden boxes. A smiling clay face drops from behind the suit to where we can't see the eyes. Then two clouds drop into place in the sky, as

Aardman Animations
presents
(in white)

fades in below. All of this takes place inside a small white box against a black background.

Variants:

  • A still version of this logo exists with different text reading: "AN AARDMAN ANIMATIONS PRODUCTION FOR CHANNEL FOUR" and a copyright notice below. Also, the smile is altered and one of the letters are different. This was seen on Not Without My Handbag.
  • A print version exists on the end card of Rex the Runt.
FX/SFX: The river, the butterfly flying, 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 higher pitched version was found when Cartoon Network aired The Wrong Trousers on 21 April 2012.

Availability: Seen on many Aardman shorts, most notably the Wallace & Gromit shorts A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave; it was removed on the 2001 DVD containing all three shorts (from BBC/Warner Home Video, a still version with copyright information was seen at the end of TWT and ACS) but was put back in for one W&G short on Wallace and Gromit in Three Grand Adventures when it was released by Dreamworks. The logo is intact on the CBS-Fox VHS prints of those shorts, so check eBay, Amazon, or a local thrift store for those tapes. Also seen on Netflix's prints of those three 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.



2nd Logo
(1998- )


Aardman Animations (1998) Logo
Aardman Animations (1998) logo (Full-open matte)Aardman Animations 2000 (Chicken Run International Variant)Aardman Animations (2001) (Rex the Runt Variant)Aardman Animations (1998-2003)



Logo: We slowly zoom toward a blue square with a red star (with gears inside) on it. It has little arms, legs, and a head, and is running on a green gear-like object that has the letters of "Aardman" printed on it in red spinning around in different directions. Surrounding the square are clouds, hands, cars, trees, planes, buildings, and people rotating around. A hand then reaches out from the right, grabs the square, and presses its head like a stopwatch, freezing the scenery. "Aardman" is shown below.

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 & Gromit's Cracking Contraptions episodes have a bouncy tune instead of the normal music.

Availability: Seen on Rex the Runt, Wallace & Gromit's Cracking Contraptions, Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and the Pathé print of Chicken Run, though it was absent on the DreamWorks print. It did, however, appear on the Chicken Run video game for Playstation, Dreamcast, and PC.

Scare Factor: None.



3rd Logo
(2000-)
Aardman Animations (2003- )Aardman/CBBC (2007)Aardman Animations (2011)

Logo: On a black BG, we see the word "Aardman" similar to the previous logo, but in a grungy font, with a star drawn in the same style shown on the top left, 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.

Vari
ants:
  • 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 CBBC logo (a green egg shape with a big purple C on it and the BBC logo below in white) in the center. Copyright info is shown below.
  • On Flushed Away, The logo slides up to the front and the star appears.
  • There is a cinematic variant, where the print blocks of "Aardman" are placed in the machine. A pair of tweezers puts the star print block in its matching slot. Then we zoom out and pan as the machine starts up and we see on the other side that "Aardman" and the star is printed on the convenor belt.

FX/SFX
: The computer-generated sliding animation. For the variant, none.

Music/Sounds: A quiet grinding noise plays as the logo slides in, then silence; or the opening music of the film. For the variant, just the end theme of the show.

Availability: Current; the variant is seen on Aardman-produced TV shows. The 2006 logo can be seen on Flushed Away, The current regular logo can be seen Arthur Christmas and The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

Scare Factor: None.



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