I recommend the new DVD release Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death, the latest DVD scheduled to come out in this series. This particular Wallace & Gromit feature won the BAFTA Award in 2009 for Short Animation according to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts website. Here’s more about this new release DVD Wallace & Gromit feature called A Matter of Loaf and Death. Those who love quality animation will appreciate this creative work.
Synopsis of New Release DVD Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death
This animated DVD starts out with a baker being the victim of murder by the “Cereal Killer.” Parents should not be concerned, as the killings (like this one) in the feature aren’t even shown, so there’s nothing scary or graphic about such scenes.
The very friendly but rather naïve Wallace and his non-talking but very mechanically-inclined canine companion Gromit find themselves as proprietors of a bakery. While they are making deliveries, they rescue former Bake-O-Lite bread model Piella Bakewell and her poodle Fluffles from an accident. This leads to a romance between Wallace and Piella. Gromit starts feeling jealous as the two get more lovey dovey, but he finds that this romance isn’t all it’s cracked up to be when he visits Piella’s house to return a coin purse. He finds a photo album with Piella posing with 12 bakers who’ve been “x’ed” out, and the 13th photo with Wallace has yet to be “x’ed” out. It’s up to Gromit to save his master from the scheming and murderous Piella, along with the help of Fluffles, who is rather abused by the former baking model.
I really like the lively orchestration that scores the music of this new release Wallace & Gromit DVD as well as the colorful and detailed animation of this approximately half hour feature. The story moves fast and will keep both children and parents entertained.
The Bonus Features of the New Release DVD Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death
There are a number of bonus features, including a close to 7 minute fast-moving and cute episode of Shaun the Sheep, called Off the Baa!, where Shaun leads his sheep buddies in a makeshift soccer match as the pigs on the farm try to interfere.
The How They Donut feature focuses on the making of this Wallace & Gromit animated film, as the creators discuss the work they do and us viewers get to see the numerous sets, cameras, and story boards implemented. I got to see just how much time and detail is involved in creating a half hour feature, which was made up of more than 700 shots (the team attempted to do 32 shots a week, meaning the shooting alone took over 5 months).
You can also listen to the audio commentary version of the A Matter of Loaf and Death with the feature’s director Nick Park and editor David McCormick.
More Information about the New Release DVD Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death
The feature film itself is roughly 29 minutes long and is distributed through Lionsgate, but the bonus features make this DVD some 87 minutes in length. It’s also Closed Captioned in English and isn’t rated.
This new release DVD will be available to the public on September 22 ,2009, and can be ordered at such online websites like Amazon.com. For more information about this DVD, go to the official website of those animated characters Wallace & Gromit.
Shorts In 2009: http://www.bafta.org/awards/film/shorts-in-2009,660,BA.html, February 8, 2009, British Academy of Film and Television Arts