Children’s favourite “Morph” morphs back to life

Morph – the animated clay figure – is to make a comeback.

Its makers have announced a series of five-minute episodes to bring the naughty character to a new audience.

Morph made his debut in 1977 with TV presenter Tony Hart.

The impish spirit was always making trouble for artist Hart – spilling paint and interfering in his pictures.

Morph lived in a wooden pencil box.

He would “morph” from a small ball of clay into his character – then just as quickly disappear.

His makers Peter Lord and David Sproxton created Morph from a precisely weighed 162-grammes ball of clay.

The duo had recently formed the animation company Aardman, which went on to make Wallace and Gromit.

Mr Lord: “As we speak, back at the studio in Bristol, they’re building the sets in readiness.’

“It’s visual comedy.

“You have to do it all by body, expressions, and good visual joke telling.

“So, I look at Buster Keaton films and Charlie Chaplin films, to remember what great silent comedy can be.”

Tony Hart




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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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