Mar 21, 2009

Morph says goodbye

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Earlier this month fans placed a cluster ofmorph figures outside the Tate to commemorate British TV presenter Tony Hart, who died in January aged 83. Like everyone who grew up in England in the 70s and 80s, I remember Tony's Take Hart, his popular children's series. Here's a sample of the 1976 series:

Hart focused on low-tech and playful techniques for making. The episode above shows Hart using kitchen utensils as stencils, and using fingers to "walk" paint across a piece of paper. Stop motion animations also featured regularly, most memorably Morph, a creature created by Aardman Animations of Wallace and Gromit fame. Hart's mixture of animation and inventive use of materials is an aesthetic that lives on in the films of Michel Gondry.

I hope the BBC commissions a special episode of Morph to commemorate Hart.

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