Ooh! I do like a good competition lad
We have selected a top team from Aardman Animations and the BBC to judge the competition. Nick Park along with his team including Aardman co-founder David Sproxton will be looking at your entries. See what they have to say about their favourite inventions below!
Wallace & Gromit creator, Nick Park is a cracking Director and Producer. Since joining Aardman in 1985, Nick has won four Academy Awards® and been awarded a CBE by the Queen. Pretty good eh? Nick's fascination for animation began as a child and one of his earliest works, Archie's Concrete Nightmare, was shown on BBC TV in 1975. Today, Nick is involved in multiple Aardman projects as Executive Producer. Smashing!
Nick's favourite invention is the Sat Nav - it has changed his driving experience. He doesn't have to keep stopping to check the map and his Sat Nav is especially great as he has the voice of Homer Simpson giving the directions!
Merlin is Creative Director for Wallace & Gromit. This means he makes sure everything that the loveable duo feature in, is right for them. As an animator at Aardman, Merlin initially worked on lots of TV commercials and Morph shorts, before taking key roles on films such as Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of The Were Rabbit. Merlin also co-directed Creature Comforts for the USA, which netted him an Emmy nomination. Wowsers.
My favourite invention is the 'wing', because it is so terrifyingly simple yet so powerful, and because since the first flight it has pushed adventure and science hand in hand from the most elegant gliders to supersonic airliners. It enabled humans to break free from the earth, into a place that many can only dream about. But mostly because at first glance it just shouldn't work, it looks like magic and that makes me smile.
As the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Aardman, David has a pretty big job. With his fellow Aardman co-founder Peter Lord, David has seen Aardman grow from just him and Peter in 1972, to him, Peter and lots more talented people today. Besides being Executive Chairman, David has worked on various Aardman projects as a producer, director and cinematographer. David's many achievements have been recognised by the Queen, with a shiny CBE. Morph would be pleased.
I think I'd have to say my favourite invention is the bicycle - it enables greater social mixing, independence of travel, broadening of people's horizons, doesn't pollute and is the most efficient method of transferring biological energy into motion! It's also an incredibly elegant yet sophisticated piece of engineering. The electric bike extends the capabilities of the machine tremendously.
My second choice would the be radio alarm clock - how nice it is to be woken with the dulcet tones of Radio 4 or soothing music of Radio 3.
Jacqueline Hewer is an Executive Producer at the BBC - which means she watched each episode of Wallace & Gromit's World of Inventions about ten times to make sure it all made sense. She's worked at the BBC for fifteen years, starting as a political researcher and reporter at BBC Westminster (did Dave ever wake up to her dulcet tones on Radio 4?), then worked on the Six O'Clock News and BBC Breakfast. She's executive produced all kinds of series including Heir Hunters, Real Rescues, The Big Questions and - the one most likely to help her in her judging role - Homes Under The Hammer.
My favourite invention is the teasmade. Who doesn't want a small robot to secretly make you a cup of tea while you're asleep, then wake you up when it's ready? If somone can invent a machine that also makes scrambled egg on toast in this manner, it will get my vote.
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