Aardman Animation: Likes? Dislikes?
I was sitting and thinking about a project I did senior year about Stop-motion animation and I focused a lot on the Aardman Animation company--- the makers of Wallace and Gromit.
I've always enjoyed their work and I first saw one of their animated films, Creature Comforts, on Sesame Street or something (PBS show) and I loved it.
Their style of animation is beautiful and I am amazed by what they can do.
In an age of CG animation, the physical work can seem pointless... but in the end, all that stop motion hand animated motion is worth it. The depth IS REAL, and I just take a lot more enjoyment in seeing something with all this work put into it.
What is your opinion of Aardman and possibly stop motion cartoons in general?
I can't speak for Aardman's entire body of work, not having seen it, but as for the contribution made by Nick Park (Wallace & Gromit, Creature Comforts, Chicken Run, Chevron commercials), I'm a huge fan of it. He does a lot to make Plasticine figurines come to life and have real character, and his stories have that way of endearing themselves to all ages. The pitfall of his work is that it's very time-consuming to make, otherwise I wish he's make more of it for us.
I think (and hope) that stop-motion animation will be around as long as there are people out there who are able and willing to use the medium well. It would be sad (and unlikely) if CGI were to completely take over.