Wednesday’s Weekly Reader: Oscar Noms and Aardman Animation

Due to faulty internet service, I find myself once again posting Wednesday’s Weekly Reader on a Thursday…maybe a name change is in order. Ha! In any case, this past week was a huge week in the world of my first love: animation. Oscar nominations were announced, and I have to say that I hadn’t realized just how great a year this was for animation until I saw the Best Animated Picture line-up. Most of my news comes from Cartoon Brew, so I won’t repeat what they’ve already said. However, if you love animation, be sure to check out their post on the Best Animated Short nominations: it has links to view all of the films online. (I think you’ll know who I’m rooting for after reading this post…)

©Aardman Animation

©Aardman Animation

I thought it only fitting to dedicate this week’s Reader to one of my favorite animation studios: Aardman Animation out of the UK. Home to Wallace and Gromit and Creature Comforts, Aardman has been making films since 1972. They have created numerous tv shows, shorts and feature-length films, music videos and commercials. Personally, I’ve been a huge fan of their’s since watching Chicken Run (I love that ditzy-knitting chicken: hilarious!) Recently, I just stumbled across their monthly podcast where they talk about the history of the studio.

©Aardman Animation

©Aardman Animation

Aardman’s latest Wallace and Gromit, A Matter of Loaf and Death, is currently up for an Oscar: watch it online here while it’s still available.