• Bin Weevils Got Talent with Animate It!

    We’ve teamed up with the kids online virtual world, Bin Weevils, for a really great competition to celebrate the release of the Bin Tunes album next month! Make your own animated Bin Weevils pop video and YOU could be in with a chance of becoming a real music video director.

    If you don’t already have some animation software you can download the free 7 day trial of the Animate It! software to create your animation. Four of the best animators will get the chance to work with a top director at Aardman and help direct the official Bin Weevils video for ‘So Much Better With Two’. If you are not already a member of Bin Weevils, it’s totally free to sign up. Just log on to www.binweevils.com and you’ll find a link to the Animate It! Animation Station in your Bin Nest. Follow this link and you’ll find all the details on how to enter this fabulous competition – plus the song clip to animate!

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    Need some inspiration? Here are some of our favourite animated videos:

    Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel – Aardman was the creative engine behind this video which is widely regarded as one of the most influential videos of all time.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g93mz_eZ5N4

    Winter Trees by the Staves – Another video produced by Aardman but shot using a completely different technique.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvtT8i8rOJY

    Fell in Love With a Girl by The White Stripes – An amazing example of brick animation!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q27BfBkRHbs

    Perfect holiday by SMILE & KARIM REJEB – One of the loveliest, most summery videos of all time!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DAT234I_BA

    Reet Petite by Jackie Wilson – This Claymation video was originally created as a showreel piece for the animator but was so popular the record was re-released with this video!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt_VXnNMhXM