I came across a nice interview with Nick Park about; what was at the time the upcoming release of “A Matter of Loaf and Death”.  Another classic stop motion animation by Nick destined for the animation hall of fame. I have transcribed the interview for you to browse here. It is from the BBC Culture Show transmitted on the 5 of December 2010. I could not make out some of the words in the interview so bare with me…they may be left blank.

Interviewer: Welcome to the show Nick.

Nick: Ah, great to be here.

Interviewer: For the audience and everyone in the studio can you give us a bit of insight about what it’s about?

Nick: Well, it’s um, we thought we’d really write a kind of romance really. This time what’s original about it is it’s now a romance for the dogs as well – Gromit’s actually got a girlfriend as well.

Interviewer: Wow, well actually, we’ve been joined by some of the cast.

Nick: We have, yes.

I: Can you introduce us?

N: Yeah, well, you probably know these two guys – this is Wallace and Gromit. And this is Wallace’s new love interest Paealla Bakewell, but she also has a little pooch, the lovely Fluffels.

Person Number 3: The thing that I loved about the Matter of Loaf and Death which has been, the case of all of the Wallace and Gromit stuff, it’s incredibly cinematic. You make these animations look like properly lived big screen films.

N: Yeah, I mean, it was a new thing for us to shoot on digital stills cameras this time., and the SLR cameras so you get a really big high-quality digital quality, especially for cinema projection. The great thing about working with little puppets like this, as opposed to, you know, drawings or have you, it’s that you can think around the characters. You can light them cinematically.

Person Number 3: The other thing that’s lovely, you know, along with the characters, you know, who are fantastic and timeless, there are for the film buffs loads and loads of sort of movie references. Just seeing it the first time I spotted the poster for _______ Canine, there’s a gag about aliens. You love loading all that stuff into it, don’t you?

Nick: Um, yeah, I mean, a lot of it isn’t, it’s not always that subconscious really. It’s you know, like, I have kind of a love of movies anyways, that’s what I like doing. And I think I’m quite happy for people just to spot – I don’t like to say what they are.

Person Number 3: So I just didn’t spot it, sorry mate.

*Nick laughs*

PN3: One of the things I got a real sense of watching this is that it’s you back on home territory, on the territory that you love the most. Now, of course everybody knows that you were famously sought after Dreamworks, and famous Jeffrey Katzenberg, who always worried about how much money everything made and, uh, he once told me I was a fool for loving Marry Poppins – I’ve never forgiven him for that.

*Nick laughs*

PN3: Um, do you feel like you’ve got the creative freedom back that perhaps was kind of being wrestled during that Dreamworks period.

Nick: Um, yeah, I mean we are actually still doing feature films. You know, Pete ____ is about to direct another one. And we’re working with Sony now, by the way, rather than Dreamworks but, yeah I mean it was exciting making feature films. And I personally just wanted to take a break really and in a way get back in the saddle on a short subject that I foolishly thought would be easier to do than a feature film but actually it wasn’t.

PN3: You see thumb prints on Wallace and Gromit, you don’t get in digital animation. You see actual fingerprints, it looks like somebody’s grabbed the mouth and moved it around and I’ve always found that a really attractive quality of Wallace and Gromit.

N: Yeah, I mean, I very much wanted to not apologize that it’s plasticine in fact –

I2: They’re plasticine?

N: Yeah they are plasticine, they’re made with plasticine. *Laughs* In a way the digital camera that we used actually show the finger prints more in a way so it’s, you know, technology is actually showing off the fact that it’s handmade even more.

I1: Are they, is it just that regular plasticine from the toy shop, the stuff that you know – I mean do you get it specially sent it from France or anything really glamorous?

Nick: I don’t, I think it’s pretty much from the packet – yeah, yeah, yeah. It is, it is. We have mixed our own. We’ve actually found out the secret formula.

I1: Really? You’ve gone into production.

N: *Laughs*

I1: I’m imagining in my head quite a Wallace and Gromit stuffed factory with lots of whirring things, colorful tubes of plasticine squirting out. Yeah.

N: That’s exactly what it is like.

*Both laugh*

I2: Now, Matter of Loaf and Death, we’re going to see it at Christmas. Of course, no Wallace and Gromit will be complete without an ace chase sequence which I think really shows how cinematic it is. Let’s have a look. Now midnight is pretty much upon us, and a little birdy told me that as we tip over into Saturday, you hit the big 5-0. So, specially for you, a surprise.

I1: Ohhhh, what’s this? A bit of birthday cake action.

*Nick laughs*

I1: It’s a special day.

I2: From all of the culture show, having created some of the greatest animations, this country has scene: Happy Birthday.

Nick: This is a complete surprise…

*Audience Laughs*

Nick: I really didn’t know this was happening. Well, it’s been a great first fifty years. *Audience laughs* Thanks very much.

I2: Ladies and gentlemen, Nick Park.”