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Saturday, June 7, 2008


Enchantment on the level achieved by Nick Park & his gang of plasticine manipulators in these animated shorts is not to be taken for granted or lightly. You’ll note a technical bump up on these artisinal works going from A GRAND DAY OUT thru THE WRONG TROUSERS and A CLOSE SHAVE, but the basic characters & tone were in place right from the start. The recent feature film was every bit as delightful, but the short form may well fit the boys better. (Financially, alas, features are the only way to pay off the costs.) Surely I’m not alone in finding that Gromit reminds me of an old friend in both personality and looks. (That expressive furrowed brow.) Wallace reminds me of someone, too, but who? Who? True manna from heaven, these.

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