Queued in: A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman

Aardman Documentary Poster

During a recent (late) night in, I sat down to watch this cute little documentary about the story of Aardman Animations. It’s the British animation company that has brought to the big screen movies like Chicken Run (2000), Flushed Away (2006), Arthur Christmas (2011), The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (aka The Pirates! Band of Misfits in North America, Australia, and New Zealand) (2012), Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015), their most recent feature Early Man (2018), and, of course, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005). They’ve also done other things like the loveable and playful stop-motion creation called Morph, Creature Comforts (1989), and Wallace & Gromit shorts. Primarily, Aardman is known as, though I’ve never heard anyone use these words, the king of stop-motion clay animation, with numerous Oscars to prove it. So, it was kind of a given to do a documentary about this amazing studio that started with two guys, a tiny room, barely any equipment, and a little Plasticine. Continue reading

Queued in Fridays: Real Life


“Only six of these cameras were ever made. Only five of them ever worked. We have four of those.”

You may know Albert Brooks as a post-modern, 1970s stand-up comedian or you’re maybe familiar with his work directing shorts during the very early days of Saturday Night Live. It could be his Oscar nominated role in Broadcast  News that caught your attention or possibly his occasional voice work for The Simpsons. Me? It’s his part as Nemo’s nervous and safety conscious father Marlin in Pixar’s Finding Nemo and Finding Dory that introduced me to Mr. Brooks. Also, praised for his directorial work, I decided to try out his freshman outing as a feature film director, Real Life. Continue reading