The Wallace and Gromit TV short “A Matter of Loaf and Death” has been nominated for an Oscar for best animated short film in the 82nd Academy Awards. It was made at the Aardman animation studio and directed by Nick Park. Nick has previously been Oscar nominated five times and won four times (the fifth nomination was against another of his own films).
A Matter of Loaf and Death was the big TV hit of Christmas 2008 and features the voices of Geraldine McEwan, Peter Sallis and Sally Lindsay.
In the movie Wallace and Gromit have opened a bakery and business is booming, mainly because a Cereal Killer has murdered all the other bakers in town. Gromit is worried that they may be the next victims, but Wallace does not care, as he has fallen head over heels in love with former star of the Bake-O-Lite bread commercials, Piella Bakewell. Then Gromit makes a shocking discovery which points to the killer’s true identity. Can he save his master from becoming the next baker to be butchered?
In an interview with Times Online it was pointed out that there are fingerprints in the Plasticine characters. Nick Park replied; “We’re very proud that it’s hand-made, and we don’t want to tidy things up too much. Those thumb prints are a reminder of the work that went into it.”
A Matter of Loaf and Death – extract – Top Bun.
See the other nominations on the Oscars website.
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