By now, everyone should know that I’m a pretty big advocate of clay, especially of the animated variety. I’ve gone on in the past about Wallace & Gromit, both the upcoming feature length endeavor The Curse of the Were-Rabbit as well as creator Nick Park’s original three shorts (A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers, and A Close Shave). Yes, they’re partially responsible for my love of cheese, my love of all things British, and my neverending attempt at constructing the perfect pair of robotic pants.
My own shady history with the material aside, I must say that Nick Park and the host of brilliant artisans over at Aardman Animations have crafted a wonderful array of memorable characters with simple but effective stories that often contain more "wow factor" than most of today’s big-budget blockbusters combined. Plus, they have heart. You can see the love and effort almost permeate the screen. That’s become a rarer and rarer thing these days it seems.
But enough of my ramblings! Watch clay in motion with a clip entitled The Mind-Manipulation-O-Matic. Reminds me of Batman Forever, minus the SUCK.