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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Outstanding Film of the Year!

The "Wallace and Gromit" films always entertain me. In fact, Aardman Animations first caught my eye (and I suspect quite a number more) with "Creature Comforts".

I'm most fond of "The Wrong Trousers", however, the set piece in "A Close Shave" really satisfies. Other Aardman films work quite well... they've got a healthy dose of creativity. Just see "Wat's Pig" (No real diologue, but great visuals... mostly with matched action in a split-screen.) "Chicken Run" is good, but was merely a nice way to wait out the time until a better attempts.

Minutes ago Badda-Toddler and I finished watching that film. The Outstanding Film of the Year (as declared by BAFTA, the British Acadamy of Film and Television Arts): "Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit". (The proper name is the Alexander Korda Award.)

Not only was the movie a delight and a slight departure from the previous shorts (a few subtle jokes for the audience that zoomed over kids' head), but great clay-mation and a nice score as well. The DVD even featured an entertaining preview at the next Aardman film, a digitally animated film (in the style of Aardman's claywork) called "Flushed Away". (It features Hugh Jackman, Sir Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Jean Reno, Bill Nighy, Simon Callow, and Kate Winslet to name a few.)

The fact that BAFTA named "Curse of the Were-Rabbit", a rather simple yet very entertaining movie (not to mention a family film... how many family films are that good?), over "The Constant Gardener" warms my heart.

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