Aardman Studios is that British animation company known for director Nick Park and his stop-motion clay animation films, most notably the Academy Award winning Wallace & Gromit, and the groundbreaking series Creature Comforts. Its full length feature Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit also won an Academy Award for best animated feature. And the studio produced the popular Chicken Run, Shaun the Sheep, and Pirates! Band of Misfits. Director Hayao Miyazaki, widely considered one of the best animators of all time, counts himself as a fan of the Aardman movies.
Haven’t seen this kind of animation before? It’s the style every kid in the 1960s grew up with. Start with the three Wallace & Gromit shorts A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers, and A Close Shave featuring a cheese loving British inventive chap named Wallace and his smart, loyal, and cynical dog Gromit. The animation, and the quick speeds of certain segments, are simply stunning. Then try Creature Comforts, a half-hour television series that aired in both the UK and USA, where every day folks were interviewed on the street, then their voices were dubbed into farm and zoo animal characters. The result is laugh-out-loud funny.
Just released is the preview to the next stop-motion, full-length film, Early Man. It features the voices of Eddie Redmayne (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Tom Hiddleston (Thor), Maisie Williams (Doctor Who, Game of Thrones), and Timothy Spall (Harry Potter series). Check out this trailer for the film:
Look for Nick Park and Aardman’s Early Man in theaters January 26, 2018, in the United Kingdom and February 16, 2018, in the United States.