Americans like the British kind of quirkiness and the strange accent. They find it kind of cute or something, with a certain charm.
The nice thing about animation is that you can realise your inventions without understanding all the hard theory.
With some CGI, I think the brain slightly perceives that things aren’t real. There’s no gravity, the light’s not quite real, the shadows aren’t quite real.
We can do things that we never could before. Stop-motion lets you build tiny little worlds, and computers make that world even more believable.
I have to admit to not being the greatest technician, but stop motion animation gives me licence to create machines that wouldn’t otherwise be possible – inventions that seem real and actually work.
As I get on and films take four years to complete, I tend to have a hankering for very short projects so you can move on to the next idea. It’s the ideas I’m interested...
If you respect the audience enough, they can take onboard many things.
When I was a teenager, my dad watched my films and told me I could go to art college and study animation. He made me see that I could do this for a living.
I love doing features, but it’s a very different ballgame. Sometimes I yearn for short films again, working with a small team, getting my hands on the clay.
After studying in Sheffield, I went down to London to do my post-graduate degree at the National Film and Television School, embarking on the movie that would eventually become ‘A Grand Day Out.’
My colleagues and I have to constantly remind each other that we must keep our own view on the world while making films. With ‘Chicken Run,’ we learned how easy it is to be influenced...
It’s very hard to adapt something. You end up changing it too much to make a good movie out of it. I prefer to work with things that are custom made for my kind of...
I went back over the sketch books I’d filled at Sheffield for ideas and discovered Wallace and Gromit, except Gromit was a cat then. I made them into Plasticene shapes and started ‘A Grand Day...
There is something about the Australian psyche that seems to like films that are slightly offbeat.
Mainstream animated movies are dumbed-down and sanitised: they make the world in their own image rather than exploring the limitless possibilities that are out there.
I’m always there at home thinking of Wallace and Gromit ideas.
I always considered Ray Harryhausen’s work so fine that it was way out of my league: in terms of realism and naturalism, in terms of animal movement.
My dream was to draw for ‘The Beano.’ When I was 10 years old, I started drawing cartoon strips with ‘The Beano’ in mind. I lived in that world. You own a comic, it’s yours...
But I think people see ‘Wallace and Gromit’ as something akin to an elderly couple. These two know each other so well. Nothing can split them apart.
Gromit was the name of a cat. When I started modeling the cat I just didn’t feel it was quite right, so I made it into a dog because he could have a bigger nose...
Success brings with it pressure to conform. I always thought that success would lead to freedom, but the opposite is true: more people get involved, and committees make decisions, and it becomes a fight to...
My father, an architectural photographer, was an incurable tinkerer, maker and mender.
Like my father, I would never as a child throw anything away, keeping old toys, electric motors and bits of broken machines under my bed in what I called my Box of Useful Things.
Wallace and Gromit’s contraptions are created purely for gags, but we all have the urge to invent – especially children. If they’re bored, kids will make something from cardboard boxes, yoghurt pots, tape and elastic...
We have to look forward and keep filming new films and not get stuck in the past.
Get out and make films. There are so many cameras now to suit any budget, so there are no excuses.
When we first sold the Wallace and Gromit shorts to America, people suggested we get rid of the strange British accents and put clear American voices on them, and we held out.
I used to get in trouble at school for day-dreaming.
The best films come about through experimentation.
There is no worse situation to be in than Oscar night. Not knowing whether you’ve won is completely draining.
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