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A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman (2015)

The history of Aardman Animations Studios, the acclaimed British stop-motion animation studio.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Walters ... Herself - Narrator (voice)
David Tennant ... Himself - 'The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!' - Voice of Charles Darwin
Martin Freeman ... Himself - 'The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!' - Voice of The Pirate with a Scarf
Bill Nighy ... Himself - 'Flushed Away' and 'Arthur Christmas'
Terry Gilliam ... Himself - Director and Animator
David Sproxton ... Himself - Aardman Co-Founder
Peter Lord ... Himself - Aardman Co-Founder
Timothy Spall ... Himself / Nick
Merlin Crossingham ... Himself - Creative Director of Wallace & Gromit
Hugh Grant ... Himself - 'The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!' - Voice of The Pirate Captain
Nick Park ... Himself - Creator of Wallace & Gromit
Peter Sallis ... Himself - Voice of Wallace
John Lasseter ... Himself - Pixar Chief Creative Officer
Julie Lockhart ... Herself - Producer
Brad Bird ... Himself - Director 'The Incredibles' and 'Ratatouille'


The history of Aardman Animations Studios, the acclaimed British stop-motion animation studio.

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26 December 2015 (UK) See more »

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Au coeur de l'animation Aardman See more »

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John Lasseter: Gromit is one of my favourite characters ever created in animation. And he never speaks. Yet there's so much expression in him.
Merlin Crossingham: It's all about body language and the way his face presents itself to the camera. And making your audience understand what he's thinking without saying a word - it's so difficult.
Martin Freeman: I've seen less capable comedic human actors than Gromit. What he can do with a look is sort of Stan Laurel-esque. It's approaching genius, if not actual genius.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits were accompanied by the Aardman character Morph (an animated plasticine man) who turned a handle attached to a cotton reel, to wind on the "credits roll". See more »


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Mostly it's 'three cheers for Aardman' as opposed to the history of the studio and how they do it.
17 March 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

As I sat and watched "A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman", I enjoyed the story but I also had a strong feeling that the film was much more a promotional film than a complete history of the studio. Of course, it does talk about much of the history of Aardman...but it also spends MUCH more time having various folks (mostly voice actors from their films) talk about how marvelous they thought the Aardman products were. In other words, learning HOW they make their shows and films and all the history of the studio was really not the purpose of the film....it was all public relations. To me, that makes for a rather dull sort of picture--worth seeing but not all that informative.

So here's my advice...watch this film if you want but I'd rather see the actual Aardman stop-motion movies and television episodes themselves. That way I don't need folks telling me how great it all is...I can see it for myself.

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