I have seen this animated movie called Chicken Run

It seems like some form of clay puppets are used in this movie.

So my question is:

What technology is used in this movie? Is it pure animation or were actual clay models used while filming this movie?


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Chicken Run is a true clay model stop-motion animation; made by Aardman Animations.

They came from almost nowhere [they had history but weren't well-known in their own right*] with a series of adverts for UK television, extolling the benefits of gas central heating. Each advert featured a vox pop of a real interview, with an clay stop-mo animal taking the visual part.
This was eventually turned into a show in its own right, called Creature Comforts, which won an Oscar.

They then made the short film starring Wallace & Gromit, A Grand Day Out, which failed to win the oscar because it was beaten by Creature Comforts, followed by two more shorts, The Wrong Trousers & A Close Shave. Then they moved to a full-length feature, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. All three were Oscar-winners.

*Their most famous earlier contributions were for the BBC TV show Vision On & the video for Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer, where they also stop-mo'd Gabriel as well as the backgrounds.

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    I am not sure that a would call honing their skills since the 1970s coming from almost nowhere.
    – Sarriesfan
    Sep 29, 2016 at 19:37
  • They were known in the industry, but were very niche. Until they made their own name famous, not many people wanted stop-mo plasticine animations. They single-handedly changed that; with a lucky start from British Gas.
    – Tetsujin
    Sep 28, 2017 at 7:29
  • They were well known in the UK amongst the public any one who grew up watching Morph on Tony Harts show were aware of them, but it's a matter of personal perception. Being niche is not the same as being Unknown.
    – Sarriesfan
    Sep 28, 2017 at 14:37

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