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Wallace and Gromit: The Complete Collection

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Wallace and Gromit: The Complete Collection (Blu-ray)

Director: Nick Park
Cast: Peter Sallis, Anne Reid, Sally Lindsay, Melissa Collier

(Aardman Animations; US DVD: 22 Sep 2009; UK DVD: 22 Sep 2009)

Either separately, or as part of the new Wallace and Gromit: The Complete Collection, A Matter of Loaf and Death is a treasure, a treat for the eye and ambrosia for the imagination. Just watching the opening sequence, seeing our familiar faces with their big teeth and expressive eyes interact with a Chaplin-like building-sized bread baking machine is a marvel of technology and talent. One of the best things about the four short compendiums offered here is that you can watch the growth of Aardman’s aesthetic. From the very beginning, when you can make out the actual fingerprints on Wallace’s shirt sleeves to the latter day polish and high production values, the company has always strived to take their titles to the next level, to never rest on their laurels and constantly endeavor to be bigger, better, and braver.


When one imagines the amount of work it takes to realize one scene in a standard stop-motion animated film (we hear stories of one sequence taking several MONTHS to finish), the wonderful world of Wallace and Gromit becomes even more compelling. Aardman has avoided CG for the most part - the forgettable Flushed Away being the sole exception - and is meticulous in how it controls and cares for its legacy. As a result, quality is part of the principle involved, a desire to never let the audience or the artists down.


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While Wallace and Gromit are as likable and fun to watch as ever, the producers seem to have taken a cue from the titular wacky-inventors, and put the series on auto-pilot.
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Creature Comforts is an odd, fictional series where animated animals are interviewed man-on-the-street style. And sometimes, these animals – much like kids -- say the darndest things.
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Cute but not aggravating. Witty but not arrogant. Wallace & Gromit is a clever send-up of classic horror movies.
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