THE MANY FACES OF MORPH
A unique Morph collectible from the hands of his creator, Peter Lord
In association with Aardman Animations, we are delighted to introduce a very special limited edition print to commemorate the 30th anniversary of MORPH, the legendary plasticine character that appeared alongside Tony Hart in the popular children's TV shows, Take Hart and Hartbeat.
This stunning Giclée print features a montage of small pen and pencil drawings, based on illustrations from the original sketchbooks of Morph creator and Aardman Animations Director, Peter Lord CBE.
These exclusive, never-before-seen sketches show the various incarnations of Morph during his creation and ongoing development.
Thankfully, they survived the 2006 fire that destroyed 30-years worth of props, models and storyboards from the archives of Oscar-winning Aardman Animations.
In addition to these black and white sketches, Peter has produced an exclusive, specially commissioned, full-colour illustration of Morph.
Furthermore, each print is personally signed and numbered by Peter - and the first 100 customers will receive a delightful letter describing his involvement in this limited edition:
I often say that Dave and I created Morph, but there is a strong sense that he created himself. He emerged out of a lump of plasticine as a mischievous little bloke who interacted with Tony Hart and gradually over the years he evolved a recognisable character and personality. It was as if he told us who he was, what he’d think and what he’d do in any given situation.
Morph: An Icon of the 80s
Peter Lord and David Sproxton, the founders, of Oscar-winning company, Aardman Animations Ltd, originally created a animated plasticine character called Aardman that was used on Tony Hart's Vision On - a British children's TV show that was designed to appeal to deaf as well as hearing viewers.
When Vision On was succeeded by Take Hart in 1977, a series of one-minute "shorts" were interspersed throughout the show featuring Morph - a playful little plasticine character who talked in goobledygook, could reshape himself at will and who lived in Tony Hart's wooden pencil box.
This format continued with the BAFTA award winning Hartbeat (1985-1994). The video clip below is from a classic Hartbeat episode that was first broadcast on 19th October 1988 which shows Tony Hart creating a a 3D star out of cardboard.
Over time, Morph was joined by Chas - a lighter coloured character with a particularly nasty streak - and then by Grandmorph, Delilah, Folly, Gillespie, Nailbrush and The Very Small Creatures.
Morph went on to have two highly successful TV series: The BAFTA-nominated The Amazing Adventures of Morph in 1980 and The Morph Files in 1995 - which is now available on DVD, narrated by actor Neil Morrissey.
The mobile-phone generation recently enjoyed a Morph revival - thanks to a series of animated Morph clips that were distributed by Orange, O2, Vodafone, T-Mobile and other international operators. Children can also now learn how to model their very own Morph using the Plasticine My Own Morph toy that is made by Flair.
Official Print Launch at the Encounters Short Film Festival
Our official print launch took place at the Encounters Short Film Festival on November 18th 2007 to a sell-out crowd.
As well as being to able to see a wealth of of Morph extracts, the audience enjoyed on-stage chat between Peter Lord and comedian Phill Jupitus. Read more about the Happy Birthday Morph! event.
Latest Customer Reviews
Steve Gale, UK (March 2009)
Elaine Harries, UK (January 2009)
The quality of this print is perfect and the customer service was excellent. The packaging was so good that there would not have been any problems with damaging the print whatsoever. I will certainly be recommending you to friends and family.
Barbara Stone, UK (December 2007)
Kate Godfrey, UK (December 2007)
Linda Kean, USA (December 2007)