Thursday, October 06, 2005
Madagascar Penguins in A Christmas Caper
Tomorrow, A Christmas Caper, a short animated film featuring the Madagascar penguins will open along with Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. The short is directed by Gary Trousdale (who helmed the only animated feature ever to be nominated for Best Picture -- Beauty & the Beast and, what I believe to be one of Disney's finest animated films -- The Hunchback of Notre Dame).
A Christmas film? Now? Well, I was in Home Depot today (better than three weeks before Halloween) and the store's Christmas display was up and running. Let's face it. The holiday starts earlier every year. Anyway, I'm excited to see my favorite characters from Madagascar in their own short. Hell, I'm excited that an animated short is actually opening in a theater. Perhaps with the recent increase in animation production in Hollywood, the animated short film will return to its rightful place -- in theaters, before a feature. (Hey, if this happens, maybe the Motion Picture Academy won't have to look to foreign animated shorts -- as it has for years now -- to find worthy nominees come Oscar time.) Nick Park, the director of Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, won two of his three Oscars for shorts featuring these characters (The Wrong Trousers in 1993, and A Close Shave in 1995). Do you remember seeing them in a theater when they came out? How about his first Oscar winner, Creature Comforts? No? Hmmm? Maybe my penguin friends will lead the way back! But remember, "You didn't see anything!"