Terry Brain (1954-2016)

ardman speak out about loss of Terry Brain, long-time Aardman animator and much-loved member of the animation community.

“The news that Terry Brain had died on March 25th came as shock to all that knew him, as he seemed to be making a good recovery from his treatment for cancer, which he had endured for the last two years.

Like Peter and me, Terry started his life-long interest in animation when he was at school, messing around with a camera with a school chum who was to become his business partner, Charlie Mills. They started young, about the age of ten, and built on their skills to eventually produce two very popular television series, “The Trap Door” and “Stoppit and Tidyup”.  Steve Box worked with Terry and Charlie straight from school,  eventually to become Nick Park’s co-director on “Curse of the Wererabbit”.

Terry started working for Aardman as an animator on Chicken Run in 2000, moving on to “Cracking Contraptions”,  “The Curse of the Wererabbit”  and two series of “Creature Comforts”  before working on Shaun the Sheep TV series work and more recently “Shaun the Sheep Movie”.  He also worked with Rich Webber on “ DC Nation”.  He was always happy to take complex shots and kept in the best of spirits regardless of deadlines. Terry was a great member of the production team on any production and he will be sorely missed by many.”

David Sproxton, Co-founder and Executive Chairman, Aardman

“I’ll miss Terry and his ever pleasant nature and big smile – so easy to like and an all-round lovely bloke. From our early days we admired Terry’s wonderful, unique and inspired work, with Charlie Mills. A very sad loss, not only to us at Aardman and to Bristol, but to the whole animation world community”

Nick Park, Aardman

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