A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman full movie review - Fun doc on Aardman production house
Really fun and interesting story of the founders, the faces, the voices, animators that have made animated bits, shorts, and full length features. I hadn't realized that they started back in 1970.
Was great to see what everyone looks like, since we only see their clay characters. David Throxton and Peter Lord had founded the company way back, but the star of this show seems to be Nick Park, who started with A Grand Day Out... thus the title of this documentary, A Grand Night In ! Apparently aardman animation had been contributing to British television shows for YEARS... and of course, they did the Peter Gabriel Sledge Hammer video. If you haven't rented the "Wallace and Gromit" collection of three shorts, (Wrong Trousers, A Grand Day Out, and Creature Comforts") you MUST! and the full length ones are awesome too. (Close Shave, Chicken Run) Take a moment and read the HUGE names in the cast list for this documentary, and that will give you an idea of the great voices that have been connected with Aardman films. It features many of the scenes from the shorts and full lengthers that they have done, but it's fun to hear commentary from everyone involved. Park has won four Oscars for animation, and has been nominated for two more. Pretty impressive. It's sixty minutes, well spent. Currently showing on Netflix.