Aardman Movies Ranked

One of the great underrated purveyors of modern family entertainment, Aardman Animations has been comfortably chugging out feature films and shorts over the last 30 years to acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Over the last few years, Aardman’s stop-motion style has been matched in the United States by the Laika studio, with its ambitious storytelling in Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings, among others. But this past weekend, Aardman’s newest movie, Early Man, got to take center stage as a form of counter-programming against Black Panther.

With Early Man in theaters, it’s time to look at the whole of Aardman’s feature-length output with this ranking. So, do like Wallace and grab the nearest cheesy snack, and dig in.

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On paper, there’s nothing about Early Man that’s particularly special. But paper isn’t the movie’s medium: It’s clay.

Aardman’s latest offering is an absolute delight, and, much like Paddington 2, is a prime example of the heights that children’s entertainment — and entertainment in general — can reach in the right hands. In this case, those hands are quite literal, as Aardman is one of the last bastions of stop-motion clay animation.

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Billion Brick Race

The latest Lego Movie spin-off has lost one of its key pieces: the director. Jorge R. Gutierrez was set to helm The Billion Brick Race, but has departed the project. Now, Lego and Warner Bros. will need a new master builder for their latest Lego title..

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peter rabbit trailer

Peter Rabbit may seem like a harmless children’s movie full of CGI creatures making pop culture jokes, but some audiences are hopping mad over one specific scene. In the scene in question, Peter Rabbit and his furry friends exploit a food allergy of their human nemesis, Mr. McGregor.

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Willy Wonka remake

Great, another Willy Wonka reimagining! If the Gene Wilder classic and the goofball Tim Burton take on the Roald Dahl children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory weren’t enough for you, you’re in luck. A new Willy Wonka movie is in the works, with Paddington director Paul King set to helm.

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benji trailer

The loveable dog Benji has been the star of plenty of movies and TV specials. But now the canine has a new home on Netflix, and the first Benji trailer shows us what the dog is up to this time.

Benji brings back everyone’s favorite mutt who is always at the right place at the right time to give people love and help when they need it the most. In a new Netflix original movie, Benji meets a young boy and his sister who take him in as their new pet, even though their police officer mother isn’t too keen on the prospect of having a dog. But she might change her tune when Benji looks like the one chance they have at finding her kids after they’ve been kidnapped.

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the grinch make up

The make-up job for the live-action 2000 version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas was notoriously arduous. Jim Carrey compared the eight-hour process to “being buried alive,” and the production nearly came to a screeching halt because of how much the actor hated the make-up. But what about the poor make-up artist on the other side of the brush?

That would be Kazuhiro Tsuji, the Academy Award-winning make-up artist behind acclaimed films like Men in Black, Hellboy, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Tusji recently scored his third Oscar nomination for Darkest Hour and is still steadily working in the industry. But that almost didn’t come to be after he worked with Carrey on The Grinch.

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The Grinch first look

The Winter Olympics have commenced, bringing with them our first real look at The Grinch. Dr. Seuss’ immortal Christmas thief has already seen one big screen treatment before, via Ron Howard’s candy-colored nightmare adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Now, the big green menace is set to come to theaters again in the form of a new animated film from Illumination. See The Grinch first look below.

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Peter Pan anniversary

(Welcome to The Disney Discourse, a recurring feature where Josh Spiegel discusses the latest in Disney news. He goes deep on everything from the animated classics to the theme parks to live-action franchises. In this edition: Peter Pan turns 65 and it’s time to grapple with this popular but problematic classic.)

Few stories have endured throughout the last 100-plus years more than the tale of a boy who could fly and never had to grow up. Peter Pan, the Lost Boys, the upstanding Darling children, Captain Hook, Never Land, and the other details within the iconic yarn weaved by J.M. Barrie have, like pixie dust, lingered in films, TV specials, books, and the Broadway stage literally for generations. The 1904 play led to the 1911 novel, both of which inspired stage musicals, other plays, films and more that directly adapted or were heavily inspired by Barrie’s work.

Today marks the 65th anniversary of arguably the most famous adaptation of Barrie’s eternally young pirate, Disney’s animated take on Peter Pan, a film marked as much by its memorable imagery and music as by its immensely troublesome, retrograde depiction of women and people of color.

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Disney World summer

When it comes to corporate synergy, it’s hard to beat The Walt Disney Company. The media giant is a king of cross-promotion among its ever-growing number of properties, and while that in and of itself isn’t something we’d normally care about, it just so happens that this latest piece of synergy involves properties that fans are deeply invested in.

If you’re in or around Orlando, Florida this summer and are planning a trip to Walt Disney World, you’re in luck: the Incredibles, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and more will be coming to that park in new ways later this year. Read about the Disney World summer plans below, including the opening of Toy Story Land.
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