We can do things that we never could before. Stop-motion lets you build tiny little worlds, and computers make that world even more believable.
Americans like the British kind of quirkiness and the strange accent. They find it kind of cute or something, with a certain charm.
If you respect the audience enough, they can take onboard many things.
After studying in Sheffield, I went down to London to do my post-graduate degree at the National Film and Television School, embarking on the movie that would eventually become 'A Grand Day Out.'
I went back over the sketch books I'd filled at Sheffield for ideas and discovered Wallace and Gromit, except Gromit was a cat then. I made them into Plasticene shapes and started 'A Grand Day Out.' It took me longer than I expected.
I'm always there at home thinking of Wallace and Gromit ideas.
My father, an architectural photographer, was an incurable tinkerer, maker and mender.
But I think people see 'Wallace and Gromit' as something akin to an elderly couple. These two know each other so well. Nothing can split them apart.
We have to look forward and keep filming new films and not get stuck in the past.
The best films come about through experimentation.
When we first sold the Wallace and Gromit shorts to America, people suggested we get rid of the strange British accents and put clear American voices on them, and we held out.
The nice thing about animation is that you can realise your inventions without understanding all the hard theory.
I have to admit to not being the greatest technician, but stop motion animation gives me licence to create machines that wouldn't otherwise be possible - inventions that seem real and actually work.
My colleagues and I have to constantly remind each other that we must keep our own view on the world while making films. With 'Chicken Run,' we learned how easy it is to be influenced by outside forces, but you mustn't lose the heart and soul of what you are doing.
When I was a teenager, my dad watched my films and told me I could go to art college and study animation. He made me see that I could do this for a living.
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