Thousands of children across the UK made animation history by taking part in the Tate Movie Project and creating the world’s first animation film made by and for children.
Through a unique interactive website, workshops in galleries across the country and a Tate Movie road show, over 34,000 children have taken part in the project. Children provided everything from the film’s hand-drawn characters to sound effects and the plot. The resulting film, ‘The Itch of the Golden Nit’, set a new Guinness World Record for the most individual contributions to an animated film (with 1,897 entries) and the project won a BAFTA in the ‘Interactive’ category of the 2011 British Academy Children’s Awards.
A surreal and spectacular adventure, ‘The Itch of the Golden Nit’ follows 11-year-old hero Beanie on his mission to save his parents from Evil Stella and to return the Golden Nit to its rightful place at the heart of the sun, thereby saving the universe. David Walliams, Miranda Hart, Catherine Tate and Rik Mayall were amongst the cream of British comedy who voiced the characters.
The film was launched in June 2011 with a red carpet premier in Leicester Square. It was broadcast on BBC2 and CBBC, and showcased in an exhibition at Tate Modern. The celebrations continued over the summer with screenings at Vue cinemas around the country, and at a special Tate Movie Project event in Trafalgar Square to celebrate London 2012 Open Weekend supported by BP, attended by over 12,000 people.
The project is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and is funded by Legacy Trust UK and BP, with additional support and resources from the BBC. The film was brought together by Tate and the creative magic of Aardman Animations.
Over 150,000 drawings, animations and story ideas have been submitted to the Tate Movie Project, and throughout 2012 children can take part in a new set of art and film-making challenges by visiting the project website www.tatemovie.co.uk.
‘The Itch of the Golden Nit’ will be screened as part of the London 2012 Festival. Scheduling details will be published in our Events section once confirmed.