In 1977, Aardman Animation broadcasted the last new Morph episode.
Don’t know what Morph is? That’s okay, I didn’t either.
For those that don’t know, Aardman Animation is the company that brought you other stop-motion films, such as Wallace and Gromit. Morph was a character from a different show, and now three decades after he first appeared on tv, the little terra-cotta character is back with his side-kick, Chas. This time though, he will be appearing on YouTube rather than on television.
In October 2013, Aardman co-founder and Creative Director, Peter Lord began a Kickstarter Campaign to bring back Morph. In eight days, 2,654 backers helped him to reach his goal of $102,394.50, which the company then matched. Now, there is enough funding to create 15 new one-minute episodes that will premiere for free on Morph’s YouTube channel.
“Morph is one of the first characters we created and we all love him at Aardman!” said Lord. “I’m amazed and humbled that even though it has been close to 40 years since his creation, the little guy still has such a passionate following, especially on Facebook and YouTube. We’ve had so many people over the years asking for him to make a comeback and it’s been hugely exciting to work with his fans to bring Morph back in some brand new short films which we will release online for everyone to enjoy.”
Morph can now be seen with Chas in their home, an artist’s desk in Aardman studios, where they utilize everyday items around them such as paint pots and smartphones to continue the “humor, slapstick and surrealism of the original Morph episodes.”
More than 150 Morphs were created to create these stop-motion films, and many of the themes were based on suggestions by fans.
You can see his first brand new episode here: