Welcome to the “TOP 5: Best Clay Animation Film.”
For this week, we are covering what we think were some of the best “clayed” animation film. We judged them on their rating, creativity & overall execution. Be aware, this list may contain some spoilers!
#5 Panique Au Village (A Town Called Panic) (2009)
A Town Called Panic (in French, Panique au village) is a French-language Belgian-produced stop motion animated puppetoon children’s television series distributed by Aardman Animations and produced in Belgium by Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier for La Parti & Pic Pic André. It follows the everyday events of Cowboy, Indian and Horse in a small rural town as they go about their lives. Each episode is roughly 5 minutes long and is crudely animated: the characters are meant to resemble cheap toy figurines. This is the hour and half long movies following the event of Horse’s birthday and all its mishaps.
What does NAMB has to say: If we had to rate this movie, it would be very high. Panique au village packs hilarious moments between the 3 main characters all placed in a simple environment that works like a charm.
#4 The Pirates! Band Of Misfits (2012)
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! (released in North America, Australia and New Zealand as The Pirates! Band of Misfits) is a 2012 British/American 3D stop-motion animated swashbuckler comedy film produced by Aardman Animations in partnership with Sony Pictures Animation & directed by Peter Lord. Accompanied by his ragtag crew, an enthusiastic pirate captain (Hugh Grant) sails the high seas and dreams of besting his bitter rivals, Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek), in a quest to win the coveted title of Pirate of the Year. The captain’s quest takes him and his comrades from the exotic shores of Blood Island to Victorian London’s foggy streets. Along the way, they battle a clever queen and join forces with a young scientist named Charles Darwin (David Tennant).
What does NAMB has to say: Even though The Pirates! Band of Misfits has some CGI here and there, the clay works is very detailed. Supported by a funny story-line and attractive characters, it can be watched by the young & the older.
#3 Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were Rabbit (2005)
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a 2005 British stop-motion animated comedy film. The film was produced by Aardman Animations in partnership with DreamWorks Animation, and was the last DreamWorks animated film to be distributed by DreamWorks Pictures. It was directed by Nick Park and Steve Box. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is based on the Wallace and Gromit short film series, created by Park. The film follows eccentric inventor Wallace and his mute and intelligent dog, Gromit, as they come to the rescue of the residents of a village which is being plagued by a mutant rabbit before an annual vegetable competition.
What does NAMB has to say: When the Aardman Animations signs with DreamWorks Animation, the level of details and quality not just increase, it duplicates. For this final Wallace & Gromit, all stakes were on the table; it produces amazing results with a fun story line; but we could add all the Wallace & Gromit to this list.
#2 Mary and Max (2009)
Mary and Max is a 2009 Australian stop motion animated comedy-drama film written and directed by Adam Elliot and produced by Melanie Coombs. Spanning 20 years and two continents, “Mary and Max” tells of a pen-pal relationship between two very different people: Mary Dinkle, a chubby, lonely eight-year-old living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia; and Max Horovitz, a severely obese, 44-year-old Jewish man with Asperger’s Syndrome living in the chaos of New York City. “Mary and Max”is both hilarious and poignant as it takes us on a journey that explores friendship, autism, taxidermy, psychiatry, alcoholism, where babies come from, obesity, kleptomania, sexual differences, trust, copulating dogs, religious differences, agoraphobia and many more of life’s surprises.
What does NAMB has to say: Mary and Max is the only film in this list which isn’t really targeted at a young audience. With it’s sepia-like colors, serious topics and heart-driven story line, you’ll get attached to Mary & Max as their life goes on.
#1 Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)
Shaun the Sheep Movie is a 2015 British stop-motion animated comedy film produced by Aardman Animations, based on the Shaun the Sheep television series, which itself is a spin-off from the Aardman series Wallace and Gromit which introduced the character of Shaun. The film is written and directed by Richard Starzak and Mark Burton. The film follows Shaun, Bitzer and the flock into the big city to rescue the Farmer, who gets lost after Shaun’s mischief. After a blow to the head, the Farmer is diagnosed with amnesia, yet retains certain memories (i.e. shearing the sheep), which proves crucial to the plot. Meanwhile, Shaun is captured by Animal Control, and finds himself in a cell with Bitzer.
What does NAMB has to say: Do you remember the Wallace & Gromit film with the sheep and Preston, the evil robot-dog? You know, the one where Gromit flies a plane throughout walls to rescue sheep? Well, this is where the idea for Shaun the Sheep came from. The film starring Shaun the Sheep as the main character takes you to a journey of mute-laughter passing by the British country-side with the whole flock of sheep, to the city downtown for a rescue mission; trouble ensue, stomachache guaranteed. We warned you.
For this list, we could’ve add a load more titles but since we have to narrow it down to 5, here is our list. What are your favourites? Let us know!
Above nomination is based on personal point of view. Thank you for reading.