Create a Character Competition winners

To celebrate Mary and Max: The Exhibition and the craft of the claymation animator, we asked you to create your own plasticine character and send a photo of it in to our gallery.    

Well, the response was overwhelming, with over 50 entries. After much debate, the judges have now picked the winner and runners-up. Drumroll please!    

'Chook' by Jack Kennedy

'Chook' by Jack Kennedy

Winner: Jack Kennedy
About the character: This is a boy called Chook who lives in the suburb of West Springy Brook. By day he plays in his yard full of cars, pretending he’s a knight or a spaceman on Mars. His dad is a mechanic and a football fanatic and his mum is just lovely; so full of life and bubbly. Make no mistake, Chook’s life is great; he is happy as Larry with mum Sheryl, dog Chomp and his awesome dad Barry.  

'Claude Scratchman' by Stuart Dall

'Claude Scratchman' by Stuart Dall

Runner-up:  Stuart Dall
About the character: Claude Scratchman, alley cat. Wants to use his street-smarts to help kittens get off the streets and have happy, functional lives. Opportunities for him to act have come several times but he always seemed to make a mess of them. Now he waits and hopes for one more chance to get it right and make a difference – because he’s running out of time.  

'Wally the Watcher' by Asher K

'Wally the Watcher' by Asher K

Runner-up: Asher K (age 12)
About the character: ‘Wally the Watcher’ is an old man who sits and watches the traffic go past. He looks like he is waiting and watching for something. When he is not watching the traffic, he sits in his old caravan.    

We also had a large number of fantastic entries from kids – the younest was only 3! So we’ve chosen one of these outstanding entries and given it a ‘Junior Special Mention’:  

'Billy the Possum' by Joshua L

'Billy the Possum' by Joshua L

Junior Special Mention:  Joshua L (age 8)
About the character: Billy is a very clever and mischievous possum, who originally lived in Adelaide but now travels around Australia having adventures and meeting new and exciting friends – including animals and humans. 

And we couldn’t resist including one more entry, which we (the web team) thought combined character and story beautifully: 

'Pierre' by Christina

'Pierre' by Christina

Web team’s pick: Christina (age 13)
About the Character: Pierre is a French sausage dog living at the Plaza Hotel in New York. Despite his pampered lifestyle, Pierre dreams of life as a vagabond, roaming the streets and living life on the edge, free of conformity, order and old ladies. In the day he lazes around the hotel, but at night he stares out a lonely window and dreams of travelling to the moon one day. His favourite food is Kranskies, and he has an infatuation with soft toys. 

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition! Our winner receives a special photographic print from Mary and Max signed by Adam Elliot. We also have DVDs of Mary and Max for our winner and runners-up. You can view the complete gallery of entries here (hint: mouse over the photos to read the character’s stories).

Tags: , ,

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply