Peter Lord CBE (born 1953) is an English animator, director, producer and co-founder of the Academy Award-winning Aardman Animations studio, an animation firm best known for its clay-animated films and shorts, particularly those featuring plasticine duo Wallace and Gromit. He also directed Chicken Run along with Nick Park from DreamWorks Animation, and The Pirates! Band of Misfits from Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation which was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 85th Academy Awards.
|Born||1953 (age 69–70)|
|Occupation(s)||Animator, director, film producer|
|Notable work||Wallace and Gromit, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!|
Life and career edit
Lord was born in Bristol, England. In co-operation with David Sproxton, a friend of his youth at school together in Woking in the 1960s, he realised his dream of "making and taking an animated movie". He graduated in English from the University of York in 1976. He and Sproxton founded Aardman as a low-budget backyard studio, producing shorts and trailers for publicity. Their work was first shown as part of the BBC TV series Vision On. In 1977 they created Morph, a stop-motion animated character made of Plasticine, who was usually a comic foil to the TV presenter Tony Hart. With his amoral friend Chas, he appeared in a series of children's art programmes including Take Hart, Hartbeat and Smart. From 1980 to 1981, Morph appeared in his own TV series The Amazing Adventures of Morph.
Experiments with animated clay characters synchronised with 'live' recorded soundtracks led to a series of films in the style of animated documentary. The first two were part of the BBC TV series Animated Conversations and were called "Down and Out" (1977) and "Confessions of a Foyer Girl" (1978) . These were followed in 1983 by Conversation Pieces, a series of five-minute long films produced for Channel 4. They were called "On Probation", Sales Pitch, "Palmy Days", "Late Edition" and "Early Bird".
In 1985 Nick Park joined the group.
Lord, Park and Sproxton developed and finalised their style of detailed and lovingly designed clay animation characters from stop motion techniques (though directed by Stephen Johnson their claymation is shown in the music video "Sledgehammer" (1986) by Peter Gabriel). In 1991 Lord animated Adam, a 6-minute clay animation that was nominated for an Academy Award. Park created the "odd-couple" Wallace and Gromit-shorts in co-operation with Lord and Sproxton. All three together worked as producers, editors and directors. Other awarded productions by Peter Lord are Chicken Run (2000), the first feature film from Aardman and the Academy Award-winning Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005).
In 2006, Lord, Sproxton and Park were all given "the Freedom of the City of Bristol". In that same year, Lord (along with Sproxton) visited the "Aardman Exhibit" at the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan, where he met Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki has long been a fan of the Aardman Animation works. In 2013 Lord was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 85th Academy Awards for Pirates! Band of Misfits.
In 2021, he was featured in the film Cartoon Carnival, a documentary about the origins of animation.
Feature films edit
|2005||Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit|
|2012||The Pirates! Band of Misfits||Actor: "Additional voices"|
|2013||The Croods||Special thanks|
|2015||Shaun the Sheep Movie||Executive producer|
|2019||A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon||Executive producer|
|2023||Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget||Executive producer|
TV series edit
|1977-1978||Animated Conversations||Director; animator|
|1980-1981||The Amazing Adventures of Morph||Animator|
|1986||Pee-wee's Playhouse||Animation director|
|1995||The Morph Files||Director; executive producer|
|1998||Rex the Runt||Executive producer|
|2002||Wallace and Gromit's Cracking Contraptions||Executive producer|
|2003-2006||Creature Comforts||Executive producer|
|2006||Purple and Brown||Executive producer|
|2007||The Peculiar Adventures of Hector||Executive producer|
|2007–present||Shaun the Sheep||Executive producer|
|2008||Chop Socky Chooks||Executive producer|
|2009-2012||Timmy Time||Executive producer|
|2010||Wallace and Gromit's World of Invention||Executive producer|
|2014–present||Morph||Executive producer; script writer|
|1983||Sales Pitch||Director; animator|
|1983||On Probation||Director; producer; animator|
|1983||Palmy Days||Director; animator|
|1983||Late Edition||Director; animator|
|1983||Early Bird||Director; animator|
|1987||My Baby Just Cares for Me||Director|
|1989||War Story||Director; animator|
|1989||A Grand Day Out||Special thanks|
|1990||Going Equipped||Director; animator|
|1992||Adam||Director; writer; executive producer; art director; animator; model maker|
|1992||Never Say Pink Furry Die||Executive producer|
|1993||Loves Me, Loves Me Not||Executive producer|
|1993||The Wrong Trousers||Executive producer; additional animator|
|1993||Not Without My Handbag||Executive producer|
|1995||Pib and Pog||Executive producer|
|1995||A Close Shave||Executive producer|
|1996||Wat's Pig||Director; writer; executive producer; animator|
|1997||Stage Fright||Executive producer|
|1999||Minotaur and Little Nerkin||Thanks|
|2001||Chunga Chui Leopard Beware||Executive producer|
|2005||Tales for the Rest of Us||Executive producer|
|2005||Ramble On||Executive producer|
|2006||Off Beat||Executive producer|
|2007||The Pearce Sisters||Executive producer|
|2008||A Matter of Loaf and Death||Executive producer|
|2011||The Itch of the Golden Nit||Executive producer|
|2012||So You Want to Be a Pirate!||Executive producer|
|2015||Heroes of Christmas||Inspiration|
|2015||Special Delivery||Story; creative director; voice of "Santa"|
|2015||Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas||Executive producer|
- "University of York press release". york.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 9 May 2006. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
- Mulrooney, Marty (27 November 2009). "INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Merlin Crossingham, Lead Animator at Aardman Animation". Alternative Magazine. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
- "Aardman exhibits, new Miyazaki anime on view". The Japan Times. 24 November 2006. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
- "No. 58014". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 2006. p. 8.
- "Peter Lord Earns Blue Peter Badge". 10 July 2015.
- Brandal, Per Arne. "– Mr. Aardman, Peter Lord, appointed professor in Volda". www.hivolda.no (in Norwegian Nynorsk). Archived from the original on 17 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
- "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive.
- “Cartoon Carnival” and Fleischer Tribute on TCM Saturday Oct. 2nd