I have always had a soft spot for good stop motion animation. There have been some wonderful examples of this over the years. It all started with King Kong back in the 1930′s. Soon to follow were The Voyages of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts, The Time Machine, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Clash of the Titans and many more. Heck, even Star Wars, The Terminator, Robocop and the Evil Dead trilogy including the superb Army of Darkness had some. The pioneers were the supremely talented George Pal and Ray Harryhausen. All the examples that I mention are entertaining and in most cases the stop motion technique really enhanced the movies they were used in. Most of these applications were of the adventure/action/sci-fi type, hardly any pure comedies in the collection…a good argument could be made for Army of Darkness but that’s about it. Then came Aardman Animations. Specializing in Stop Motion Clay Animation these folks created a series called Wallace and Gromit. Wallace is an affable but absent minded British gentleman and Gromit is his faithful and highly intelligent dog. I highly recommend this series, it is very humorous and a testament to Nick Park, the creative mind behind Aardman, and the people who work for him. But it doesn’t end there. They make a show that is absolutely hilarious. Whenever I watch an episode I laugh…out…loud! Intrigued? What if I tell you that all this humor comes without dialogue, conversation or human speech of any kind?! Interested yet? Behold the genius that is Shaun the Sheep!
I cannot watch these without laughing out loud. Can you?