Sunday, October 23, 2011

Wallace and Gromit

Cropped photo of my TV screen showing Wallace and Gromit in Nick Park's film, 'A Grand Day Out'.

You either love or hate Wallace and Gromit. I happen to enjoy them, particularly in the film, ‘A Grand Day Out’, which I chanced upon yesterday when it was shown on BBC TV. My wife can’t stand anything to do with these Plasticine morphs; therefore I had the lounge to myself. She magnanimously offered to watch our second TV which is one of the old type, converted to digital by the addition of a cheap Freeview box.

I have yet to see the full feature film, ‘The Curse of the Were-Rabbit’, directed by Nick Park and Steve Box, and produced at Aardman Animations studio in Bristol. From all accounts, this 2005 film was well received by fans, and at the 78th Academy Awards it won the Best Animated Feature Film award. As you can imagine, a film that lasts for 85 minutes has a more involved plot, and more characters than Park’s 30 minute films, i.e., ’The Wrong Trousers’,’A Close Shave’, ‘A Grand Day Out’ and ‘A Matter of Loaf and Death’.

What is truly amazing is that these films take thousands of hours to make using the stop motion animation technique where one second of film consists of 24 frames which approximately translate into a day’s production! To get a feel for Wallace and Gromit films you can watch 10 very short ones under the heading ‘Cracking Contraptions’ entirely free by visiting:

Text for the Day

Matthew 7:3 ‘Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in you own eye?’


Wallace and Gromit

Wallace and Gromit

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Cracking Contraptions

The Wrong Trousers: Cracking Toast

Nick Park

Wallace and Gromit: Twenty Questions with Nick Park

Composer of Music for Wallace and Gromit Films - Julian Nott

Julian Nott’s own Website

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