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Nintendo has announced a partnership with Oscar-winning animation studio, Aardman, which will see the creators of Wallace & Gromit produce twelve short animations in the run up to Christmas. These animations will be created using nothing but Flipnote Studio, the free animation tool available for DSi.

Aardman's Tim Ruffle has produced 12 short and funny animations, and the first, ‘The Sandwich Twins’, will be available to view and download from the Flipnote Hatena site on September 16.

Tim said: “I had a lot of fun making these. Flipnote is so simple to use that it’s easy to make short, fun animations – but there’s a surprising amount of features there too, meaning you can make your creations more complex as your confidence grows. Budding animators will find this a great way to get creative!"

The remaining 11 animations all feature unusual and fun characters created exclusively by Aardman for this partnership and will be available each week as they are released in the run up to Christmas.

You can begin animating your own creations by heading to the Nintendo DSi Shop and download Flipnote Studio for free.

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