When I saw this film recently in the cinema, I couldn’t wait to get it on DVD so I could pause each moment to try and find all the hidden details. So to carry on in the Aardman series, I have found some of the best Easter eggs hidden in the recent Shaun the Sheep Movie.
Without further ado, lets start with a quality cameo! If you don’t know this bus conductor is none other than Blakey, from UK show On the Buses.
This next one shows the amount of detail that goes into these films. In any old cobbler shop in the UK an animatronic man mending shoes can be seen in the window. The man is advertising Phillips shoe products. They are often seen in Timpson’s windows.
Its great to see a cameo from Shaun’s creator, Nick Park!
Near the end, when the pigs are watching TV, you should be able to hear the Morph theme tune coming from the set.
If you look carefully at the graffiti, you should see the names of people involved in the production of the film.
Time for another cameo. This time it is from the Wallace and Gromit universe. Miss. Thripp, one of the West Wallaby Street residents, can be seen in a few scenes in the film.
A few of pop culture items making an appearance.
This may sound a bit far-fetched, but bare with me. Rhett and Link created a character named Dope Zebra. This zebra was two men inside a zebra suit dancing to some funky music. During the film we see a pantomime horse doing a moonwalk to funky music. A coincidence? Probably.
A couple of Breaking Bad references.
Ending with a Blue Peter badge.
After seeing the posters for the new Nick Park film, Early Man, I couldn’t help but see the resemblance.
Another lot of credits. These names are all the set designers!
This is perhaps the biggest cameofest in an Aardman film to date. On this board we can see:
Only one more Aardman film to look through before I create some accompanying videos.
Continuing with the Aardman easter eggs, I watched Flushed Away to see the hidden details. This was the best film so far, probably because they could add whatever they wanted because it was CGI, rather than having to make it physically for stop motion.
We start with a 50 Cent reference. Introducing to you 40 Pence!
Two Aardman books including Cracking Animation.
A Tail of Two Cats. Alex the Lion from Madagascar and the Cat from Creature Comforts.
Some more Creature Comfort characters.
Some recognisable DVDs including Over the Hedge, Shrek, Antz, and Wallace and Gromit Curse of the Were Rabbit.
This looks like a fighting game with Feathers McGraw vs Preston. The question is who would you back and where do I get an arcade machine like that?
A Gromit Pencil topper available at all good ebay stores.
Surely another Gromit reference?
Gromit Plushie. Need I say more?
A sock monkey of the monkey from Madagascar.
An obvious reference to Dreamwork’s rival Pixar. Doesn’t really look like Nemo though.
These penguins sneak in everywhere.
The rabbits from Were Rabbit.
Rex the Runt, Aardman’s TV series gets a reference too.
Shaun also gets two nods.
We also get a Shrek reference.
Recognise this picture?
Or this one?
Or this Costume?
Two for one. A Wendolene picture and a Chicken Run DVD.
A newspaper reference to the Were Rabbit terrorising West Wallaby Street.
Last but not least, a Wolverine reference. Wolverine is played by Hugh Jackman, and so is Rodney, so why not have a Wolverine costume.
Thanks for reading. I have finally found all the other DVDs for the other Aardman films, so stay tuned Fishy Friends!
After watching all the Wallace and Gromit films and finding all the Easter eggs in those, I decided to do the first Aardman feature film… Chicken Run. I must say, even though it is a film about chickens, I didn’t find that many Easter eggs. I did try my best, however, so sit back and enjoy.
The first hidden detail is a tin of chicken soup. How on earth could they get a tin of chicken soup? The logo even looks like Campbells.
When I watched the film the first time I couldn’t place this next detail. It wasn’t until I watched an episode of Rex the Runt, when I put two and two together. The company Chuffy Dog Snacks appears in Chicken Run when the rats are watching the chickens fly, and also in Rex the Runt episode 2 when Bad Bob is eating in the telly.
Just took this little bit out as everyone knows that Cornflakes have a rooster on the front, and obviously Aardman didn’t forget either.
The next is a nice nod towards two war time heroines; Get and Daisy. They were some of the most well-known radio personalities during the war. This is the actual cover of their wartime recipe book. You can see the amazon listing for the book here.
Nick Park likes to make cameos in his films and this one was no exception. Nick voiced this chicken. This is the chicken that whistles when Mr. Tweedy is looking at the covered teapot.
Although it is very hard to read, the propellers are actually road signs. They say Halifax 32, Lancaster 40, and Sunderland 59 making the location of the farm somewhere around Wensleydale, Wallace’s favourite place!
This radio has some interesting place names on it, but the most interesting is Nick Park’s beloved Preston.
How witty. If you didn’t know, Stephenson’s Rocket was the name of the first train ever made.
The last is a nod to Bristol, the home of Aardman. There is a Stokehill in Bristol, so I can only assume there was a good green grocers there.
Although Grand Day Out is the first Wallace and Gromit film, I was only able to get a digital copy the other day hence being after the other 3 films so far. This film doesn’t have as many Easter eggs as its predecessors, but I hope you enjoy them just the same.
One thing you will notice if you have read any of the other posts is the pictures of sheep dotted about the sets. This film was no different. These pictures are seen as nods towards the Close Shave film and Shaun the Sheep.
I have already mentioned the red sledge in a previous post but this is the film it appeared in. The red sledge shown is a nod to the Citizen Kane film, where, spoiler alert, Rose Bud is the name of his childhood sledge.
The next is potentially a reference to Batman, but Nick Park has said the headline is actually a childhood story of when one of his chickens was saved by another of his chickens. He also mentioned that is could have been a foreshadowing of Chicken Run.
The last hidden detail can be seen on Wallace’s suitcase that he puts in the rocket. You should notice that one of the stickers says Beaconsfield. This is actually the place where the National Film and Television School is situated and also where Nick filmed some of the scenes in the film.
As I said not many things in this one, but stay tuned for Chicken Run, A Matter of Loaf and Death, and all the other Aardman films!
The one thing CBBC is best know for is the quality programming. In this post I hope to point out some great programmes CBBC has created. These programmes are also some of my favourites.
From its beginning in 2007, M.I. High has notched up 7 series and 88 episodes. (I have watched all of them) The programme follows the lives of teenage spies who are at school during the day, but are often called to do missions for the M.I. 5. The show had three main groups of kids. The first were Daisy, Rose, and Blane who were the main characters in the first two series; Oscar, Carrie, and Rose were the crew in the next three series, while Tom, Luke, Keri, Aneisha, and Zoe were the group in the last two series. The whole programme lasted for 7 years with many supporting characters coming and going, but the only character that lasted the entire run was Mr. Flatley the headmaster.
Paul and Barry Elliot AKA the Chuckle Brothers first appeared on our screens in 1967 on Opportunity Knocks, but it wasn’t until 1987 they started their iconic series ChuckleVision. The programme took the very British ideas of word play and slap stick to a new, younger audience. The show follows the two brothers in various jobs and scenarios all of which usually end in disaster. ChuckleVision has pleased many generations of children, becoming the 3rd longest running UK kid’s TV show with 21 series and 292 episode.
You just need to look on Youtube to see the massive popularity of pranking. In 2007, Prank Patrol was launched on CBBC hosted by Barney Harwood. This show allowed the general public to come onto the programme and get help with an elaborate prank. Some of the classic pranks included a video game coming alive, a kid’s art selling for thousands of pounds, and making a target believe his dad is a secret agent. The programme lasted for 3 series, but went on for many more with spin-offs in other countries.
For its time BAMZOOKi was cutting edge technology for Kids TV. The premise was kids watching could create Zooks on the Zook builder software you could download, which could then be sent into the programme, with the chance of you appearing on the show. The programme would then pit two team’s zooks against each other in challenges like sumo, sprints, and skills. I actually used to spend hours on the toolkit creating a zook. My zook Sonix was pretty decent, but it seems all the websites have been taken down. The series started in 2004 and was rebooted in 2009 for a year.
Beat the Boss
CBBC’s answer to The Apprentice can about in 2005 with Beat the Boss. The show pitted 3 budding young viewers against 3 business men and women; these group became known as the Bright Sparks and the Big Shots. Saira Khan, the host, would give them a challenge consisting of a product the two teams must create. Some of the different products they had to create included a board game, an ice cream, and beach inflatables. The products would be judge by other children and the winner would receive the Beat the Boss trophy.
Sarah Jane Adventures
Although I have never watched an episode of Doctor Who, I have watched every episode of the Sarah Jane Adventures. The programme features Sarah Jane, an old friend of Doctor Who, saving the world from different kinds of aliens with the help of Clyde, Luke, Maria, and later Rani. The show would constantly be at the top of the CBBC ratings which is why it lasted 5 series. Unfortunately, during the 5th series Elizabeth Sladen, the actress who played Sarah Jane, sadly died half way through filming. The last series never finished, leaving fans wondering what had been planned later on in the series.
I could have chosen hundreds of other programmes to talk about , but with variety of shows I have featured I hope you can see the quality of the CBBC programming over the years.
This week Children’s BBC has celebrated its 30th anniversary and have been marking the occasion with special programmes. As an avid watcher of CBBC for over 10 years I thought I would write a selection of posts about different aspects of the channel. Today’s feature is about the puppets that have appeared on CBBC over the last 30 years; some have appeared in the Broom Cupboard, the CBBC Office, and even Studio 9.
Gordon The Gopher
This puppet was the first to appear in the continuity of CBBC. Gordon presented alongside Philip Schofield in the Broom Cupboard for 2 years between 1985 and 1987. Gordon was controlled by Paul Smith during these two years as well as the entire run of Going Live! Gordon also got his own spin-off show in the early nineties. He recently appeared in a BBC short where he was voiced, rather than his usual squeaking, by Warwick Davis.
Edd The Duck
Edd the Duck is a duck puppet with a green mohawk that replaced Gordon the Gopher in the Broom Cupboard. Edd the Duck cannot talk either, but made quacking noises. Edd was originally bald until his puppeteer, Christina Mackay-Robinson, found the mohawk left over from a “punk teddy” project on Blue Peter. Edd first appeared in 1988 and subsequently appeared as the mascot of milkshakes, a character in Toxic! comic, and a character in a computer game.
Otis The Aardvark
Perhaps the creepiest puppet of the lot, well, he creeped me out, Otis the Aardvark first started as a presenter of CBBC continuity in 1994. He is said to have been named after the OTIS elevator in the BBC studios. He was controlled by Dave Chapman who also did the cat in Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow. Otis could talk, providing funny conversations between him and the other presenters. Kirsten O’Brian, who presented alongside Otis. was given the puppet once he was decommissioned and tried, but failed, to impress a date with him.
Oucho The Cactus
The first puppet I really remember appearing on CBBC when he started in 2008. He appeared alongside Ed Petrie, not just in the office, but also on several spin-off programmes including Ed and Oucho’s Excellent Adventures. Oucho didn’t speak English as such, but a muffed and scrambled version of English. In the office, Oucho loved bananas and Dolly Parton, while calling everyone he hated flunks. Warwick Bronlow-Pike was his puppeteer.
Hacker The Dog
Hacker first stared alongside Ian Sterling in the CBBC Office in 2009. He is a dog from Wigan and is controlled by Phil Fletcher. He has also commentated on a World Cup Match, been an official mascot of Wimbledon, and released 10 singles. He first appeared on the CBBC programme Scoop where he didn’t talk, before he became a regular in the office. Hacker is still presenting on CBBC now, 6 years later.
Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave is one of my favourite movies meaning I have watched it over and over again. So you would think I would know most of the easter eggs, but after watching the film the last time pausing at different moments did I see so many more little hidden gems that I had never seen before.
In the first few scenes of the film you will be able to see many food items in Wallace’s larder. One of these items actually has the name of Steve Box, an Aardman animator, on it!
Do you recognise this Tortoise? If you are an avid fan of Aardman, you should know this tortoise from Creature Comforts named Frank. Nick Park worked on Creature Comforts after his first film, A Grand Day Out.
Only four characters have made an appearance in two or more Wallace and Gromit films; Wallace, Gromit, Feathers, and Bob Baker.Bob Baker was actually a nod towards the scriptwriter of the Wallace and Gromit films, also named Bob Baker. Interestingly, what was a cheeky nod to Bob in the Close Shave became a full blown appearance in a Matter of Loaf and Death, being the first baker to be killed by Piella Bakewell at the beginning of the film.
This is the prison table in Gromit’s cell. notice the funny graffiti.
Now this is the interesting bit. Nick park has mentioned the fact that Feathers McGraw appears in A Close Shave, but has never officially revealed where he is. There are some signs of Feathers in the film…
This is where I think he is. Just as Wallace is getting covered in Shaun’s fleece, look behind Wallace and you should see him.
Stay Tuned for the Easter Eggs in the Wrong Trousers.