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To infinity and beyond! Morph heads for space

Inspired by the cosmic adventures of Wiltshire astronaut Tim Peake, Morph is making his own journey into Space today (6 July).

Credit: @AmazingMorph

The character is due to take off into space in a high altitude balloon. His team will be launching him from Ross-on-Wye in Herofordshire.

The 'flight' of Aardman's loveable orange Morph will be livestreamed on his social media channels for all to enjoy.

Weather depending, he ought to be taking off at 11am and will return back to Earth later in the day after taking a turn around the stratosphere.

You can track the Aardman character's journey using the hashtag #MorphInSpace.

Morph's looking relaxed before the #MorphinSpace. Credit: @AmazingMorph


First look at Aardman's alternative take on Christmas

The Farmer's Llamas can be seen this Christmas. Credit: Aardman Animations

Bristol's Aardman Animations have given fans a first look at their rather unusual Christmas special.

Shaun made his debut in Nick Park's A Close Shave in 1995. He's since gone on to star in his own TV series and his own movie. This summer Shaun statues could be seen all across Bristol and London as the Shaun in the City trail took to the streets. The Farmer's Llamas will be his first 30-minute special - and it's set to air this Christmas.

But true to form, Aardman haven't conformed to tradition. Reindeer have been replaced by Hector, Fernando and Raul - a flock of llamas who get tangled up in Shaun's adventures.

Last chance to see the Shauns out in the wild

Today is the final day to catch Bristol's Shaun in the City statues out in their natural habitat.

From tonight the 70 sculptures are off to pastures new - they'll be rounded up for two special exhibitions ahead of the charity auction in October, raising money for the Bristol Children's Hospital.

Despite being on course for the wettest August on record, these sheep seem to have been a real hit, and everyone's got a favourite.

We talked to those who braved the weather to have a last look at their Shauns:

Organisers say the trail has been a huge success. Here's the trail in numbers:

uses of #shaunnthecity
downloads of the Sheep Spotter app
1.5 mn
views clocked up via the app
£2.3 mn
the amount raised by the Gromit Unleashed auction

Shaun is so popular...he spans the age range. From young children through to Grandma and Granddad, we've had the whole family on the trail.

– Anna Shepherd, The Grand Appeal

The sculptures will be auctioned off to raise money for The Grand Appeal, so Shaun's popularity could make a real difference:

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