Watch This Gorgeous Short by Aardman 'Wallace & Gromit' Animations Honoring Poet Dylan Thomas

Film Created for the BBC in Time for Poetry Day in the U.K.

Published on Oct 03, 2014

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Welsh culture and one of its icons are celebrated in this beautiful animated short. BBC Wales teamed up with Aardman Animations ("Wallace & Gromit") to honor poet Dylan Thomas' life in a three-minute film released just in time for Poetry Day in the U.K.

Welsh actor Michael Sheen recites one of Thomas' works, "The Hunchback in the Park," in voiceover, accompanying evocative visuals. The story is that of a lonely man who finds solace in Cwmdonkin Park in the poet's native South Wales. During production, Aardman reproduced parts of the park in its studio and enlisted staffers to play the characters seen throughout the film.

It also features original music from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, which was performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. It premiered on Oct. 2 and will air on BBC One Wales later this month, to mark what would have been Thomas' 100th birthday.

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Oct 03, 2014
Aardman Animation
BBC One Wales
Bram Ttwheam
Helen Argo
Production Coordinator:
Danny Gallagher
Director of Photography:
Nat Sale
Nat Sale
Camera Assistant:
Adam Cook
Stop-Frame Animation:
Inez Woldman
Morris Morgan
Modeling & Texture:
Olly Skillman-Wilson
Senior Animation Supervisor:
Matthew Rees
Senior Lighting Supervisor:
Alastair Dixon
Additional Lighting:
Olly Skillman-Wilson
TD Effects:
Philip Child
Bram Ttwheam
Jim Lewis
Spencer Cross
Dan Hembury

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