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on 5 October 2009
As a long-standing fan of Wallace and Gromit, I really loved this book. It's set out almost how you would imagine Nick Park's sketchbook to look like, and shows you how the characters have developed over time. There's a section about Wallace and Gromit's relationship and tells you interesting facts about Nick Park's character development. Also, you can read about the Cracking Contraptions, Friends and Foes and there's a section about the Wererabbit film. The book has lovely development sketches from the recent 'Matter of Loaf and Death' too. I really enjoyed the final section, which has sketches from plotlines Nick Park started but never turned into film. If you'd ever wondered about how Wallace would look as a caveman, here's your chance! I'd recommend this to any fan.
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The Art of Wallace and Gromit is an art book that's as fun as the stop motion animation itself. It's fill with sketches and art from Nick Park's sketchbook, way back to 1989's "A Grand Day Out". You can see the evolution of the sketches from concept to the screen, although no film stills are included. Wallace actually started out with a moustache and Gromit had a mouth with big teeth!

The most interesting part is the chapter on the inventions by Wallace. The gadgets are obviously inspired by the 40s-60s but adapted at great length into hi-tech gadgetry, often to hilarious effect. There are the Techno-trousers from "The Wrong Trousers", the dressing machine and the legendary BunVac 6000 from "The Curse of the Were-rabbit", Bully-proof vest and many more. Suddenly things that look mundane doesn't behave as such anymore.

There are also plenty of side characters included. You have the cute sinister Penguin (The Wrong Trousers), Shaun the Sheep (A Close Shave), Lady Tottington (The Curse of the Were-rabbit), Piella Bakewell (A Matter of Loaf and Death) and other town folks.

Right towards the end is the unused concepts. Many of the sketches reminds me of the funny comic strip "The Far Side". Some are just funny even without having any dialogue -- same goes to all the other sketches in the book.

This is a crackling fun book. Recommended to all fans of Wallace and Gromit.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link)
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on 30 January 2010
This is a wonderful, intimate insight into the creation of two of the most recognisable animation icons. As a diehard fan, I've always wanted to view the sketches that Nick Park drew when he dreamed up these characters and here they are in spades! It was not only a rare treat but a privilege to receive this book as a present. Like all the other 'Art of' Wallace and Gromit books, this one will be a much cherished part of my collection.
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