'Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf or Death'
(Peter Sallis, et al / DVD / NR / (2008) 2009 / LGF)
Overview: Winner of the Short Animation 2008 British Academy Film Award, this all new adventure features all of the classic ingredients of a great murder mystery – suspicion, rivalry, love, intrigue and heroism – and is topped off with a large helping of loyalty and friendship, cooking up all you “knead” for fun family viewing!
DVD Verdict: Broadcast in the UK many months ago, Nick Park's creative clay characters, Wallace and Gromit are back - and have been greatly missed! Wallace is a lovable, yet scatter-brained inventor with all sorts of interesting schemes to keep the cupboard full of cheese. And Gromit is Wallace's dog, though he's much more than a simple pet. Gromit is Wallace's partner in all things and most of the time ends up doing all the work.
And, if you don't know, the beauty of these 'characters' is that they are animated using traditional stop-motion techniques and clay figures. Sometimes called "claymation," the clay figures are matched against clay props and painted backdrops. Each second of animation takes 24 separate shots and an amazing detail-oriented approach.
'A Matter of Loaf and Death' starts with the murder of Baker Bob, killed by an unknown assailant with his own rolling pin — the twelfth victim of the killer-at-large. It all goes downhill for Wallace and Gromit after that, literally — the duo save poor Piella Bakewell and her dog Fluffles as gravity and a bike with broken brakes send them hurtling down a hill towards the zoo.
Though Gromit finds clues that make him suspect Miss Bakewell is up to something, he spends most of the rest of the movie trying to convince Wallace. But Wallace and Bakewell start a whirlwind romance that leads to an impressive chase and a couple of broken hearts. [FG] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Audio Commentary with director Nick Park and editor David McCormick
"How They Donut: The Making of A Matter of Loaf and Death" Featurette