ASFAD: The Wrong Trousers (1993)

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A Short Film a Day
The Wrong Trousers
by Nick Park

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Short Films are extremely important to us, which is why one of our top priorities this year is covering a short film every day. While we’re starting the first thirty days on the site with fairly well known short films, we would like to get as many submissions as possible quickly. If you or someone you know has made a short film, please contact us at entertainmestaff@gmail.com. 

It seems to be a common occurrence that the first piece of work from someone winds up being your favorite, and Aardman Animation‘s The Wrong Trousers definitely fits the bill for me.

One day I flipped on the TV, which was turned to PBS when I had switched it off previously, and I saw a really interesting little show about how these people had made a stop-motion film. The animated short film was British, and featured a dog in a very prominent role. And a penguin. Disguised as a rooster. The main human character made wacky inventions that didn’t always work right.

I was pretty absorbed in the documentary, so I stuck around to watch The Wrong Trousers in it’s entirety after that, and fell in love with it. While I’ve seen most of the work that Aardman Animation has done, both before and after The Wrong Trousers, none of them has lived up to the magic I experienced the first time I saw The Wrong Trousers.

There are four Wallace and Gromit short films: 1990’s A Grand Day Out, 1994’s The Wrong Trousers, 1996’s A Close Shave and 2009’s A Matter Of Loaf Or Death, as well as 2005’s feature film, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. They have all won the BAFTA for their respective animated category, and have all been nominated for an Oscar in their respective category. The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave won their Oscars.

Aardman Animation’s next film, Shaun The Sheep, will be released March 20, 2015.

 

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