Aardman Animation Retrospective

Director(s): Multiple
Country: United Kingdom, United States
Language: In English
Animation | 2010 | 74 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Recommended for ages 8+ (Parental Guidance: One violent-themed “Wallace and Gromit” short.)

Check out a variety of creative films that cover a period unofficially referred to as “PP” (Pre-Pixar). Wallace and Gromit are the best-known characters (and are included here with their latest film) but there are some notable claymation predecessors that many kids may know nothing about.

This brilliant collection of short films includes the Academy Award winner “Creature Comforts,” the NYICFF Grand Prize winners “Humdrum” and “A Matter of Loaf and Death,” plus “Rex the Runt,” “Shaun the Sheep” and other mini-masterpieces spanning 25 years of creative output from Nick Park, Peter Lord, Richard Goleszowski, Peter Peake, Chris Sadler and the other claymation geniuses at Aardman Animations.

These inspired plasticine creations embody the best of Aardman’s sly wit and expressive style, and bubble over with a warmth and humanity that only such lovingly handmade films can convey.

Academy Awards 1991, Best Short Film, Animated (“Creature Comforts”; New York International Children’s Film Festival Grand Prize (“Humdrum,” “A Matter of Loaf and Death”)