For decades, the team at Aardman Animation has proven that it knows the elements of an engaging animated project. Now, the studio behind Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run, and Shaun the Sheep is using its expertise to curate a selection of short films from up-and-coming creators. It has launched Aardboiled, a YouTube channel that will serve as a showcase of animated comedy.
At launch, Aardboiled is pulling content from Aardman’s back catalog in order to form a foundation of compelling animation. One of the channel’s videos, for example, is titled ‘The Nipth,’ and it’s the work of Terry Brain, who spent spent more than 15 years at Aardman before his death in 2016.
Eventually, Aardboiled plans to complement the work of Aardman’s in-house team with projects helmed by independent animators. “The channel features a mix of brand new content from well-known creators and exciting new talent along with lesser-known gems from the Aardman back catalogue,” reads a description on the Aardboiled website. “The content has been selected by established Aardman directors, producers and content creators and is developed and managed by a team of VOD experts!”
Right now, Aardman says it is limiting the content on Aardboiled to pieces that come from creators it is already connected to. Eventually, however, it will open up a submissions pipeline that will give aspiring animators an opportunity to be featured on the new channel. If you’d like to get more information about the company’s process, you can send a note to the e-mail address that is listed on the Aardboiled website.