char-wallace-and-gromitWhat maker cannot help but love Aardman Animations? Today, you can meet a few of the brilliant artists who bring Aardman’s irresistible characters to life during our LIVE Maker Camp Hangout on Air at 11am Pacific time (2pm Eastern) on or the Maker Camp Google+ Community.

Aardman produces a lot of true classics of animation. You may not know their name, but you definitely know their characters! In the maker community and the world at large, this surprisingly small British studio is probably best known for its wildly creative and sweetly funny series Wallace & Gromit, featuring the clueless but kind human inventor and his far more clever canine companion. That ficitional duo is always hard at work on their latest invention, whether that’s down in the basement or dodging dishes full of Wensleydale up on their kitchen table. If we lived in their clay world, we’re sure Wallace (or rather, Gromit) would knock our socks off at the local Maker Faire.


The Knit-o-matic from Wallace & Gromit’s “A Close Shave” by Aardman Animations.

ShaunTrue Aardman fans will know not only the popular, half-hour short A Close Shave, but a wonderful television series featuring one of the supporting characters: Shaun the Sheep. Like his old pals Wallace and Gromit, Shaun is always sketching out smart schemes to get himself and his fellow farm residents out of hot water. This spinoff’s title character was recently voted the UK’s “favourite” BBC children’s TV character of all time. He’s got such maker cred, he’s teaching kids how to code through Shaun’s Game Academy!

And not only will Shaun headline Aardman’s upcoming feature film, he will be the subject of the featured step-by-step project on today’s Maker Camp! What a way to kick off Make:Believe week!


Michelle "Binka" Hlubinka

Michelle "Binka" Hlubinka

Michelle, or Binka, is the Director of Custom Programs for Maker Media, overseeing publications, outreach, and programming for kids, families, and schools. Before joining Maker Media in 2007, she worked at the Exploratorium, in Mitchel Resnick’s Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, and as a curriculum designer for various publishers and educational researchers. When she’s not supporting future makers, including her two young sons, Binka does some making of her own, most often as a visual artist.

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