To tell the truth, when I heard that Morph’s creator was bringing him back around again for another go, I wanted to hate it. Being a true child of the 90s I feel like our little orange plasticine friend belongs solely to that era, and to attempt to bring him back for the soiled, desensitised, X-Box-obsessed youth of today is akin to animating Rosie & Jim and plonking them on a speedboat with a robot where the duck should be.
I was wrong, though! The reason being that Morph is still exactly as fantastic as he was 37 years ago (37 years!) when he was first created by Peter Lord of Aardman Animations. It’s all unadulterated joy, with Morph and Chas dancing excitedly around on 12" vinyl with their stupid little voices and their high fives. Even better, it’s just as cut and paste as it was back then; by midway through the episode the models are covered with fingerprints and nail-marks, and the records smeared with grubby plasticine circles. I also found out that Morph very nearly disappeared from our screen forever after a giant warehouse fire in 2005 destroyed all of Peter’s original models of him, which immediately made me feel guilty for ever resenting his return. After all, look at him. Does animation get any better?
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