For many, the Wallace and Gromit film series shows not only British animation but also northern comedy at its best, and that’s mainly due to its talented creator, Preston born and bred animator, director, writer and multiple Oscar winner Nick Park.
Born on Brookfield Park in 1958, Nick grew up on Greenlands Estate, and later moved to Walmer Bridge. A student at Preston’s College, in recognition of his achievements, the library for the art and design department has been named the Nick Park Library Learning Centre.
Nick, has been based in Bristol since the mid 1980s, when he joined Aardman Animations, remaining proud of his Preston origins, with his family still living in the area.
With a keen interest in drawing cartoons from a young age, he first experimented in film as a 13 year old with the help of his mother, a home movie camera and cotton bobbins.
Nick first made his name with his first short film series success, Creature Comforts.
He went on to make award winning stop motion short films like A Grand Day Out (1990), The Wrong Trousers (1993), A Close Shave (1995) and A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008), and full animation features Chicken Run (2000) and Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), amassing four Academy Awards, five BAFTAs and many more nominations not to mention a coveted gold Blue Peter badge.
Nick’s work has also included executive production on television animation hits such as Shaun the Sheep.
Image: Nick Park