May 18, 2005, 6:53 a.m. CST
I was never really high for this stuff... I don't see how American audiences so used to the CGI battles between studios would go see something so loosey-goosey as far as fluid animation. But... FRIST!
May 18, 2005, 6:55 a.m. CST
Wallace Gromit will win this year's oscar for best animated feature!
May 18, 2005, 6:55 a.m. CST
May 18, 2005, 6:56 a.m. CST
May 18, 2005, 7:16 a.m. CST
The crazy inventor, the helpful dog, the aging cliches of a century of film are on full display.
May 18, 2005, 7:30 a.m. CST
Where Bender becomes a Werewolf/Car thingy, hilarity oh the hilarity.
May 18, 2005, 7:47 a.m. CST
shit, really bad trailer. Guess which country the money has come from. The film will probably be really good and hopefully won't have Mr Voiceover man explaining everything throughout the film
May 18, 2005, 7:48 a.m. CST
. . . just as I expected. The only thing is, why does one of the music cues used in that trailer sound just like the theme song to "Family Feud?" Discuss . . .
May 18, 2005, 8:06 a.m. CST
Loosey fuckin' Goosey !?
May 18, 2005, 8:35 a.m. CST
by Tony fucknuts
May 18, 2005, 8:42 a.m. CST
by Kentucky Colonel
What a great time for the movies! 2005 is going to be a high-water mark for cinema. Wallace & Grommit will own all. Sub-Par effects and tired storylines? Eat one you haters!
May 18, 2005, 9:43 a.m. CST
Jude Law is not in it
May 18, 2005, 10:38 a.m. CST
by Steve Rogers
Shrek can suck my balls!! Wallace and Gromit are a work of genius!
May 18, 2005, 10:43 a.m. CST
The older trailer was far better. That american voiceover was extremely poor and completely ruins the British sensibilities of Wallace and Gromit. Bad cutting and bad voiceover, the film will be bloody amazing though.
May 18, 2005, 10:47 a.m. CST
by Stan the Bat
So, "Aust1n"- have you actually SEEN the Wallace and Gromit shorts? They're made with wonderful skill and care and are genuinely funny. Nothing could be less tired. By the way, spelling your name with a '1' instead of an 'i' is a cliche, too; it's only a year or two old, and yet SO much more tired than the century-old ones you mention...
May 18, 2005, 10:49 a.m. CST
by Stan the Bat
-there are three of them, so if you want to be really cool you should refer to them collectively as the OT, or singly as GDO, WT, and CS.
May 18, 2005, 12:25 p.m. CST
by Kentucky Colonel
Don't you mean AGDO, TWT & ACS? Just for clarity's sake?
May 18, 2005, 12:26 p.m. CST
...other than the old Disney movie, "The Shaggy Dog," please enlighten the rest of us as to these films of which W&G use source their cliche's. At any rate, so-so trailer but c'mon, it's Wallace and Gromit! W&G >= hilarious.
May 18, 2005, 12:29 p.m. CST
by Stan the Bat
-for the full effect, it's probably best to go with WAG:AGDO, WAG:TWT, etc.
May 18, 2005, 12:40 p.m. CST
by Yotz von Frell
I just can't wait to see them!
May 18, 2005, 12:41 p.m. CST
This looks like crap. At least one person here who has seen the film and enjoyed it disliked this trailer as well, and others who have not have labelled it "so-so," and "shit." So there ya go. The gags shouldn't revolve around a series of dumb inventions, ie. Jimmy Neutron, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Dexter's Labratory, etc. but on story, character and (gasp) jokes--as the old shorts and Chicken Run did btw. Bad trailer, hopefully not bad movie.
May 18, 2005, 1:47 p.m. CST
It is W&G's time for stardom. I was especially concerned that Gromit's timing would be as comedic as the previous films. The trailer confirmed it still is. Happiness is a feature full of W&G. BUNKYBOO HAS SPOKEN.
isnt this a ripoff of those Bunnicula books I read when I was 2?
May 18, 2005, 2:31 p.m. CST
if they used the Benny Hill theme.
May 18, 2005, 2:35 p.m. CST
If I was 3 years old, I would love this movie. But I am not, so I will not. NO SOUP FOR YOU! NEXT!
May 18, 2005, 2:40 p.m. CST
So skip it, mouth-breathers. It's your loss. This shit is pure gold.
May 18, 2005, 2:46 p.m. CST
Dreamworks Marketing Dept., pat yourselves on the back, you deserve it... you really know how to fuck things up. I know you're reading... that sucked balls.
May 18, 2005, 9:49 p.m. CST
Wallace and Gromit is one of the very few things I would see regardless. I just happen to find W&G smart, sweet and just plain charming (One of my favorite visual jokes of all time is "Have you seen this chicken?"). I know I'm in the minority, but I like subtlety. I don't like people to bash me over the head with a joke. I also thoroughly enjoy visual humor. I think anyone can WRITE a joke, but it takes an absolute genius to conceptualize a good visual joke. In the field of animated comedy, that is a key skill that can in no way be ignored. I love W&G, and no matter how many event movies you throw at me this year, I will always run first towards the ones like W&G. Aardman, keep on rockin'.
May 19, 2005, 12:05 a.m. CST
by Sgt. Blueberry
The visual story telling in the Wallace and Gromit shorts is masterful. Not just the jokes, either. The train chase at the end of Wrong Trousers is pure exhileration and better staged than most straight action movies. You'll also be able to see where a certain Pixar got the idea for the climax of Monsters Inc. That being said, the advertising for Wererabbit are terrible. The announcer has that annoying 50-year-old-voice-actor-trying-to-sound-25 thing going on, the music is terrible and the whole presentation is incongruous with the movie's tone. I hope Nick Park knocks this one out of the park.
May 19, 2005, 8:22 a.m. CST
Despite the trailer. The W&G stuff in the trailer does look about as good as the shorts - as long as you ignore all the "trailer stuff" add-ons. eg the voiceover. Hopefully that horrible music is only for the trailer and will have the traditional music in the film - it's just not W&G without that lovely score. And PLEASE tell me that some of those sound-effects are just for the trailer. I'm thinking of the bells when Gromit's ears pop up and the tweeting when he shakes off the mud. Gromit is perfect based on expression and action only - it has to be subtle or it just isn't funny. That's why he doesn't talk. Cartoonish sound effects have absolutely no place in Wallace and Gromit.
May 19, 2005, 8:33 a.m. CST
My only complaint is the crappy music, other than that it looks hilarious. And the music/SFX don't bother me, trailers NEVER have the same music and FX as the film, they're done by completely different people.
May 19, 2005, 10:29 p.m. CST
I loved the Six Million Dollar Man sound effect in the preview - I laughed at that.
May 20, 2005, 6:02 p.m. CST
I agree - that was a wonderful gag. And what's up with the order of the articles here? This was right above the Da Vinci Code teaser on the front page, but has now disappeared. What gives?
May 21, 2005, 7:23 a.m. CST
One of the best things I have recently read about it was an essay by Anthony Lane, The New Yorker Film Critic, on Jan Svankmayer, the Swedish auteur. On the weird creeping tactility of stop-motion and claymation, the lumpy sliding writhing 'realness', versus the glass-chromium symmetry of CGI. It was a good piece.
May 23, 2005, 2:51 p.m. CST
Svankmayer is Czech, by the way, but good point. Stopmotion animation has actual, tactile atmosphere as opposed to CGI which is too slick and shiny. And as anyone who's seen the short films, the morning-time inventions are a constant and change each time and only take a minute of time, tops. So it's not like a full-length movie is going to center on the inventions, it'll center on the story and characters. I think what ruins the trailer is Mr. MovieVoice being a doofus and the totally misplaced music. What about the W&G Theme? Hello! The 6 million dollar sound effect was good though.