March 9, 2010

A Matter of Loaf and Death

Title: "Wallace and Gromit in 'A Matter of Loaf and Death'"
Year: 2008
Network: BBC
Length: 30 minutes
Director: Nick Park
Writers: Nick Park & Bob Baker
Starring: Peter Sallis, Sally Lindsay
Music: Julian Nott
Distinctions: Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short (2010). I don't know how or why a 2008 TV program is eligible for a 2010 Oscar... I think they make their rules deliberately unintuitive.

My reaction
Synopsis: Wallace's new girlfriend is planning to murder him
How I saw it: in the theater, a few days ago
Concept: Good. It's Wallace and Gromit - that's enough to get it at least a "good" for concept.
Story: Indifferent.
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Good.
Pacing: Great.
Cinematography: Good.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Great.
Music: Good.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good). It's entertaining, but there's nowhere near the level of delightfulness that I expect from Aardman Animations. And it's not actually funny, unless you're one of those people who thinks references to classic movies are inherently funny.
Objective Rating: 3.3/4 (Very good).

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