Pay up and you'll get more stop-motion action. It's simple.
Tapping into the nostalgia gland of anyone brought up in the 70s and 80s, a Kickstarter campaign from Aardman Animation – the creator’s of Wallace and Gromit – promises to bring back the lovable clay-constituted Morph, should they raise enough money.
The cheeky little fella will be back in 12 new one-minute episodes using the traditional clay and stop-frame animation if the required £75,000 is collected. It comes after news that Aardman are developing a Shaun the Sheep movie.
“We plan to make a series of all new Morph episodes and we’d love you, his loyal fans, and maybe also you, his new fans, we’d love you to be involved,” reads the Kickstarter blurb. “But we don’t want to second guess what you want. Get involved in the production. Contribute ideas, gags. Tell us what you want to see.”
And things seem to be going to plan: with 28 days of crowd fundraising left, the project already as £22k to its name. Although, as per the website’s rules, if the £75k target isn’t reached, then they’ll get nothing.
"I'm amazed and humbled that even though it has been over 30 years since his birth, the little guy still has such a passionate following on Facebook and YouTube," wrote Pete Lord, the co-founder of the animation house.
"We've had so many people asking for him to make a comeback that I thought it's about time we start hatching a plan." Morph first appeared in 1977 in Take Hart, before The Amazing Adventures of Morph hit screens in 1980. He was later seen in SMart; his escapaodes punctuating the creative kids show presented, in part, by Zoe Ball and Josie D’Arby.
Such was his popularity, he enjoyed a screen run right up until 2012, although fans of the creation endured a six-year hiatus between 2000-2006.
"If we reach our goal, production will start in January with the aim of finishing the episodes and releasing them online by July," wrote Lord. "I'm very keen on keeping the humour, slapstick and surrealism of the originals, whilst at the same time bringing Morph slightly more in line with the modern world."