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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.00
Has anyone seen this new movie? If so, what did you think?

As someone who loved the original shorts, and Chicken Run, I completely loved the first full length feature. My fiancee and I spent the entire movie laughing harder then we've done for a long time.

The magic he can do with clay is incredible, but he also has legimately funny dialogue and scenes, which makes for an awesome viewing experience.

Highly recommended. Caution, contains nuts.

(edited by messenoir on 18.10.05 0937)


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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.04
There's good reason this has been number one at the box office. Hard work pays off. I'm a huge fan of these guys, and I don't think it was as good as some of the other W&G shorts, but it didn't miss by much. If the others were A+, this was perhaps an A-. To me, the storyline here just wasn't as strong or compelling as the others, or perhaps it was just that it was played (should I say "clayed") out a bit longer than the others.

Still, this was lots of fun, we loved it and will add it to our collection.

Years ago, well after "A Grand Day Out" and "The Wrong Trousers" were done, a friend showed me a half dozen or so of 2-3 minute mini-shorts starring these two. I haven't seen them since, but recall these being better than the others. Has anyone else seen these? I got only wierd looks the last time I asked both the media play and the local librarian for them.





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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.05
    Originally posted by too-old-now
    Years ago, well after "A Grand Day Out" and "The Wrong Trousers" were done, a friend showed me a half dozen or so of 2-3 minute mini-shorts starring these two. I haven't seen them since, but recall these being better than the others. Has anyone else seen these? I got only wierd looks the last time I asked both the media play and the local librarian for them.


I've only seen and heard off the longer pieces, not any that were just 3 minutes.

I loved the film and thought it much better than Chicken Run. I was surprised at how British it is, meaning it doesn't shy away from innuendo, something you'd never see at another movie marketd as a family film. I highly reccomend this to anyone looking for a good laugh that lasts 90 minutes.

(edited by Matt Tracker on 18.10.05 0832)

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.45
I'm glad movies like this are doing well. Especially when most of what we see for animated features is CG crap like Madagascar or Shark Tale. Really horrible that their studio burned down though .
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    Originally posted by The Vile1
    CG crap like Madagascar or Shark Tale.


My almost three year-old and I are flipping you the bird right now. Those movies both RULE (though Madagascar is WAY better).



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.00
    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
      Originally posted by too-old-now
      Years ago, well after "A Grand Day Out" and "The Wrong Trousers" were done, a friend showed me a half dozen or so of 2-3 minute mini-shorts starring these two. I haven't seen them since, but recall these being better than the others. Has anyone else seen these? I got only wierd looks the last time I asked both the media play and the local librarian for them.


    I've only seen and heard off the longer pieces, not any that were just 3 minutes.

    (edited by Matt Tracker on 18.10.05 0832)


The 3-minute shorts are called "Cracking Contraptions." There are ten of them on the newly-released DVD "Wallace and Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures" (which also has Grand Day Out, Wrong Trousers, and Close Shave).

--K

(edited by Karlos the Jackal on 18.10.05 1108)


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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.00
    Originally posted by Karlos the Jackal
      Originally posted by Matt Tracker
        Originally posted by too-old-now
        Years ago, well after "A Grand Day Out" and "The Wrong Trousers" were done, a friend showed me a half dozen or so of 2-3 minute mini-shorts starring these two. I haven't seen them since, but recall these being better than the others. Has anyone else seen these? I got only wierd looks the last time I asked both the media play and the local librarian for them.


      I've only seen and heard off the longer pieces, not any that were just 3 minutes.

      (edited by Matt Tracker on 18.10.05 0832)


    The 3-minute shorts are called "Cracking Contraptions." There are ten of them on the newly-released DVD "Wallace and Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures" (which also has Grand Day Out, Wrong Trousers, and Close Shave).

    --K

    (edited by Karlos the Jackal on 18.10.05 1108)


Ah, completely awesome. We were going to get this DVD anyway, as we are both Wallace and Gromit nuts. Neither of us had heard of these shorts, but it doesn't surprise me they were done. He had to start somewhere, afterall.

And Shark Tales was good except for Will Smith, who is never good.



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From what I've read, you should try to get older copies of this DVD, because the new "pressings" have different audio tracks. Apparently, a lot of the music that the penguin listened to in "The Wrong Trousers" was expensive to license, and has been replaced by generic organ music in the new DVD releases. Supposedly this affects the emotions of some of the scenes, like the one where Gromit is in the doghouse in the rain: in the original DVD release, he can hear "How Much Is That Doggy in the Window" blaring from the penguin's room. Now it's just organ stuff.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.00
    Originally posted by Jeb Tennyson Lund
    From what I've read, you should try to get older copies of this DVD, because the new "pressings" have different audio tracks. Apparently, a lot of the music that the penguin listened to in "The Wrong Trousers" was expensive to license, and has been replaced by generic organ music in the new DVD releases. Supposedly this affects the emotions of some of the scenes, like the one where Gromit is in the doghouse in the rain: in the original DVD release, he can hear "How Much Is That Doggy in the Window" blaring from the penguin's room. Now it's just organ stuff.


This is true. On the other hand, the earlier versions don't have the "Cracking Contraptions" shorts.

I've got both versions! I didn't know what else to do!

--K

(edited by Karlos the Jackal on 18.10.05 1817)


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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.45
    Originally posted by JayJayDean


    My almost three year-old and I are flipping you the bird right now. Those movies both RULE (though Madagascar is WAY better).


WAH! You shouldn't teach your toddler things like that.

Listen, I'm not going to bash ya for liking those flicks. I just feel they are symbolic of Dreamworks' mediocrity with CG animated features and inferiority to Pixar.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.00
    Originally posted by The Vile1
    I just feel they are symbolic of Dreamworks' mediocrity with CG animated features and inferiority to Pixar.


Agreed. Pixar succeeds not just because they have better stories to tell, but because they commit to those stories rather than jamming their films full of shots and one liners designed to copy or parody original films.

Take the scene where Eddy "Donkey" Murphy reprised his arrival scene in Beverly Hills Cop. It didn't make the audience think of how good Shrek 2 was, it made them think of another, better movie at the expense of the storyline and characters. It interrupted the narrative for a quick gag which only made sense to people who had seen the work being parodied.

Toy Story was an homage to fifties serials, but Pixar didn't literally ape scenes from those serials the way Dreamworks would have.

Pixar films are generally original and focused. Dreamworks films are generally derivative and unfocused.

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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.45
Also, that's why I love movies like Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit. I also love the stop motion animation as well.
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.41

I went last night.

I was the only person in the theater.

On the bright side, that enables me to laugh out loud at many parts of the movie with guilt.





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