Film Club
Screening Dates
All Ages

Nick Park ranks among the best clay animators of his generation.”

Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times

In their first three half-hour shorts, two of which won Academy Awards, stop-motion superstars Wallace and Gromit are unstoppably creative. Wallace, a stubborn and charming homebody voiced by the Yorkshire-accented Peter Sallis, is also a daydreamer who invents before he needs a tool, escape hatch, or breakfast. (In the world of animation, he is the foremost knowledge-keeper of gourmet cheese varieties.) And Gromit, Wallace’s aloof and trusty dog, is the superego to his ego, seemingly descended from both Snoopy and Oliver Hardy. Nick Park, having learned to animate as a child using a single frame advance camera and scraps of felt from his dressmaker mother, transformed Aardman Animations from an advertisement house to a place where Georges Méliès (A Grand Day Out), Jules Dassin (The Wrong Trousers), and the early British films of Alfred Hitchcock (A Close Shave) provided the referential basis for some of the most joyous entertainments ever made out of plasticine.

Terrific chase sequences … Irresistible charm … An oddly endearing mixture of the childlike and the sophisticated.” Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times

Park has done more than anyone (except perhaps Tim Burton and Henry Selick) to reaffirm the enormous possibilities of 3D stop-frame animation.” Kevin Macdonald, Projections


A Grand Day Out
United Kingdom 1989
23 min. DCP

The Wrong Trousers
United Kingdom 1993
29 min. DCP

A Close Shave
United Kingdom 1995
30 min. DCP

Wallace and Gromit × 3” will be preceded by a selection of short stop-motion animations created by 8- to 12-year-old filmmakers in our Learning & Outreach programs. These shorts include Bunnies Picnic by Kayla and Ella, Pond Party by Miro, and The Bad Kid by Avelyn and Claire.

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