Tag: animation

Finding Gromit

Picture credit here.

T is a huge Wallace and Grommit fan.  She absolutely loves them!  She even wants a Wallace doll/toy and likes to remind us how much she wants one by saying I don’t have a Wallace toy yet, do I? I mean, who on earth would want a doll/toy of a bald man, right? Only my T of course! So imagine how excited and happy she was to see huge Gromits scattered all over Bristol.

Gromit Unleashed, a project aimed to raise money for the Bristol Children’s Hospital was still happening when we were in Bristol about a two weeks ago.  Gromit sculptures made by local artists were planted all over the city and they are to be auctioned off on the 3rd of October. So if you’re rich, why not bag yourself up a lovely Gromit sculpture?  You can put it in your garden, hallway (if you have a big one!) and I’m sure it will be a great topic-starter in the many dinner parties you give at your home and if your child is a fan like mine, you’ll make them the happiest little kid in the world!  If we were rich and got her one, she would say I’m so happy Mummy!  

Since we were showing our friend around the city, it was such a pleasant surprise to find a Gromit at a corner turned and T squealed in delight every time we came across one.  She’d hug Gromit’s leg and happily run around him.  When it was time to go all we had to say was “Let’s look for another Gromit!” and she would go without a single whinge.

                          Artists: Joseph Dunmore Gromit 1 and Peter Lord CBE for Gromit 2

Artist Inkie for Gromit 1 and Sir Peter Blake for Gromit 2

Artist Ignition DG LTD for Gromit 1 and Lindsay McBirnie for Gromit 2

Artist Sarah Mathews for Gromit 1 and Richard “Golly” Starkzak for Gromit 2

All in all there were about 80 Gromits and T only got to see about 8.  She would’ve loved to have seen the Grommit Lightyear and I was curious to see what the Being Gromit Malkivich looked like.  But we didn’t really have the time to search for all of them.  The project was obviously a big hit, as we met many parents along the way with their equally excited children in tow, complete with the Grommit Trail map in hand and of course, there were also grown-ups without children who were also on the trail.  Speaking of which, I’d like to take a moment to address one or two of them on this blog-post:

Dear Sir/Madam,

Yes you with the frown and disapproving look on your face, who probably books their vacations on strictly no-children-allowed holiday breaks, also the kind who mutters under their breath when stuck with a family on a plane with a whingy toddler, train and other public transports.  Yes, you sir/madam, I am referring to you.

Do you know that Wallace and Gromit is actually an animation for children, yes, children.  Yes, I’m pretty sure the makers of Wallace and Gromit had them in mind when they made the films.  Yes, I also know grown-ups love animation too.  My husband and I do.  However, I do think that animators make these films with children as their target audience in mind.  Yes, children.  You know those little people you’ve frowned upon as they played around the Gromits as if they were hanging around precious Rodin sculptures.  And yes, while the Gromit sculptures were made by fine and famous artists, I’m certain that they were aware that their artwork would be ‘played with’ by children and I’m sure they were fine with that too.

Yes, I know all you wanted to do was take a photo of Gromit without a child playing or cuddling one of his legs.  All you needed to do was ask politely.  A simple “Excuse me, would you mind extracting your child from Gromit’s legs just so I could take a photo without them in it?  Then maybe, I would oblige, instead of you frowning and wrinkling your nose as if my child smelled of crap.  You sir/madam are crap.

Let me remind you, this might be your future too and when that happens I hope you remember the time you made a child cry all because you wanted a photo of Gromit taken without a little creature hanging around its neck.


Mrs B.

Okay, rant over.

On a more pleasant note, we ended our tour of Bristol at the Old Duke which dates back to 1775.  We got married in Bristol you see, and after our reception, we all ended up sitting outside at the Old Duke with loud jazz music playing inside the pub.

I love Bristol.

This post is linked up with Podcast’s What’s the Story

Too much Toy Story

You know your little one has seen too much of Toy Story when she says to you:  “Mom, I don’t like confrontations.  I’m hopeless like Rex!”

For those who have not seen or have forgotten the characters in that wonderful animated movie Toy Story from Pixar, Rex is the toy dinosaur who is a bit of a coward and as my daughter mentioned  is not very good with confrontations.

Incidentally, if you are a Toy Story fan like my daughter and husband, (and in case you don’t know yet), you’ll be pleased to know that Pixar has released three short six-minute Toy Story films which they’ve shown at the start of their other movies.  Partysaurous Rex seen below is one of them.

Here’s a link to the two other shorties: Hawaiian Vacation and Small Fry.  Enjoy!

Getting ready for Christmas

The first time our little one met Father Christmas (Santa Claus) last year.  She burst into tears and err… did something in her nappy.  Yes, she looks a little bit bewildered in the photo and wearing her “I’m not sure I like this man” expression.

So to avoid another little scene, we decided to reintroduce her to Father Christmas early this November.  We bought her Raymond Brigg’s Father Christmas, The Snowman and The Bear.  She absolutely loves them especially Father Christmas and the Snowman.  She actually watches them three or four times in a day!

Do you ever wonder what Father Christmas does when his Christmas duties are over?  In this charming story, you will meet a-little-bit grumpy version of Father Christmas and will see all the little chores he does after Christmas – not only that, he actually goes on vacation!  If your little one hasn’t seen this yet, buy a copy and they will get hooked.  The video isn’t that long, but this will give you a little bit of free time in your hands if you plonk your kids in front of the television (yes, bad I know.  But hey, it’s all about Father Christmas!) and if you’re lucky, your child will also want to watch it more than once, giving you more freedom!  Whoppie!

The Snowman is probably my daughter’s favourite among the three.  This she watches three times, one after the other.  This doesn’t have any dialogue – just music and images.  It’s a classic story of a little boy who makes a snowman and the snowman comes to life … for one night at least.  In the morning, the snowman is gown, melted away.  If you’re not familiar with Father Christmas, you might find it a sad story.  But if you buy all three movies, especially Father Christmas, you’ll know that every year, as long as James (the little boy) makes a snowman, there will always be a snowman (or did I make that one up? haha).

As for The Bear, my little one finds it a bit “scar” for a little two year old.  It’s a heartwarming story about how a little bear is “stolen” from her family and winds up in a London zoo.  If you want to watch more, watch the movie!  Better yet, watch all three.  It’s worth having and keeping for your children.  A word of warning though, don’t expect Disney or Pixar type of animation, especially since it was made sometime in the 80s.  All three movies look like a story-book-come-to-life with moving images.  I find that the lack of effects even makes the movie more charming, more sincere, more “true”.  It’s charm I guess lies in its simplicity.  If you order them at Amazon, you can buy all three for £15+.  A definite must-buy for all little ones, especially if you want to slowly introduce Father Christmas to them to avoid out bursts or “little accidents’ like we had.