If you are considering seeing a movie over the Thanksgiving weekend, consider taking a look back at some of the artistry and comedy of Aardman Animations, Ltd., a British animation studio that has been entertaining and charming people all over the world with magical stop-motion clay animation for 40 years.
The Walker Art Center is showing a number of these Claymation Classics, enabling you to reacquaint your self with much-loved characters like Morph, Wallace & Gromit, and Shaun the Sheep. And who knows, maybe you’ll discover some new characters along the way as well.
Here is what is playing and when on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26. Tickets are $10 ($8 for Walker members, students and seniors) for each showing, and include free gallery admission for a fun afternoon at the Walker.
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Friday, November 25, 1:00 pm
When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home. Directed by Richard Starzak and Mark Burton.
Aardman 40th-Anniversary Retrospective Program
Friday & Saturday, November 25 & 26, 3:30 pm
See a number of short films that show how Aardman Animations has evolved over the course of its 40 years, from creating claymation by hand on a tabletop to using highly technical CG-augmentation. One constant? The studio’s ability to bring unforgettable stories to life through its brilliantly charming characters.
This special anniversary retrospective includes classic short films such as Peter Lord’s Grand Morph’s Home Movies (1981), Nick Park’s Oscar-winning The Wrong Trousers (1993), and Jay Grace’s Shaun the Sheep 3DTV (2014). The lineup also includes samplings of Purple & Brown, Creature Comforts and commercial work, and even the original cel-animated Aardman cartoon, with its comic portrayal of an inept superhero.
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest.
Tickets are available at walkerart.org/tickets or by calling 612.375.7600.