Why Aardman Animation Still Has a Leg Up on Pixar


While countless filmmakers have strived and failed to recapture the magic and inexplicable eeriness of classic monster movies – as much the Universal canon as Jacques Tourneur’s line of wild horror noirs – Aardman Animation cast a similar spell in ostensibly parodying those films. Nick Park and Steve Box’s The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, the inaugural feature from Aardman’s beloved mainstays Wallace and Gromit, took the bare elements of The Wolf Man and melded it to the wondrous idiosyncrasies of the man-dog duo, from Wallace’s obsessive desire for cheese to Gromit’s innumerable deadpan stares. From …

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