Aardman's disabled animals
Making the news headlines just about everywhere today is a new campaign by Leonard Cheshire Disability, which aims to challenge and change attitudes towards disabiled people. And it's grabbing the headlines because they have teamed up with Aardman Animations, the award-winning team behind Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and, for those of you who are a bit older, Morph.
The campaign is called Creature Discomforts (geddit?), and is based on the much-loved Creature Comforts series that was so responsible for bringing Aardman to wider public attention. It features the company's signature plasticine animals with various impairments, combined with the real voices of disabled people describing the negative attitudes and barriers they've experienced in society. So there's Brian the bull terrier, who uses a wheelchair, Slim the stick insect, who uses a walking stick, and Tim the tortoise, a one-legged crutches user. Crippled Monkey is disappointed to note that there is no Cuthbert the crippled monkey, but I suppose you can't have everything. Check out some stills of the characters below (each pic is a pop-up, so click it to reveal the full image):messageboard are already noting that the featured characters are all very visibly physically disabled - it's certain to attract a lot of attention once the advertisements start appearing at bus stops, in newspapers, in magazines and online from this Thursday. In January 2008, the animations will also be aired on (sshh, whisper it!) ITV. In the meantime, check out the official Creature Discomforts site for a preview.
*Crippled Monkey wanders off, still grumbling about the lack of a monkey character. Me wanna be a plasticine animation, yes please!*