Got to watch Wallace & Gromit The Curse of the Were Rabbit and the Tim Burton dark tale of love The Corpse Bride. Both are worth its creators mettle and prowess in lucid storytelling. At a time when everybody’s raving about the Pixar/Disney/Dreamworks CGI brilliance it was great to see two basic miniature figure based stop-motion animation movies break the box office registers. Also this years Oscar is a two way fight between Wallace & Gromit and the Corpse love story. The third movie incidentally is the Japanese animated Howl’s Moving Castle. I’m rooting for the ironic British cheeseloving inventor and his intelligent silent dog to take home the golden statue.
In many ways Wallace & Gromit reminds me of my other all-time favorite Tintin & Snowy. I think the Aardman Productions creator Nick Park’s storytelling brilliance is in the raport between Wallace the cheese-loving impeccable dry-witted British inventor who’s always trying his wit’s end at new inventions to make his cheesy-breezy life easier as opposed to his dog Gromit who doesn’t speack but has a thousand intelligent expressions on his face at his master’s audacity and folly. As the brits say its a lovely splendid brilliant movie.
The third movie worth mentioning is actually a Bollywood one called Rang De Basanti, which is sort of a brilliant concept movie by a maverick adman turned director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. The plotline is about the new culturally aware MTV generation of India coming to terms with its pre-independence past. Past and present are subtly juxtaposed in the narrative. It’ll be a visual treat for non-Indian’s who haven’t seen much Bollywood flicks. Definitely worth checking out. For Indians though the second part of the movie is a bit long drawn out and too preachy in an unrealistic way. But we can’t complain. It’s Bollywood magical realism. Right? Whatever it is this movie is definitely worth one viewing for its bravura ensemble performance led by Aamir Khan and the visual brilliance of director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.