As digital animation becomes more hyper-real, there’s something increasingly special about stop-motion, which is painstakingly handmade.

One of the most famous and accomplished champions of claymation is British animation studio Aardman, best known for the Wallace & Gromit and friends series, as well as films Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep.

Melbourne’s ACMI has announced its major winter exhibition will be the world premiere of Wallace & Gromit and friends: The magic of Aardman. It celebrates 40 years of the hugely successful studio.

Opening June 29, 2017, the exhibition will show more than 350 objects, including sketchbooks, storyboards and the distinctive handmade puppets.

There’ll also be more than 50 original set pieces, including Wallace’s contraptions and Gromit’s vegetable garden.

Aardman co-founders David Sproxton and Peter Lord will come to Melbourne for the exhibition’s launch.

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With three Academy Awards under its belt, Aardman Animations is one of Britain’s biggest creative exports.

Wallace & Gromit and friends: The magic of Aardman opens at ACMI on June 29, 2017. Tickets on sale now.