Crack­ing An­i­ma­tion: The Aard­man Book of 3-D An­i­ma­tion. By Peter Lord and Brian Si­b­ley (Thames & Hud­son, $31.95).

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With their im­pec­ca­ble sense of hu­mor and top-notch crafts­man­ship, the artists of Bris­tol-based Aard­man An­i­ma­tions has cer­tainly raised the bar in stop-mo­tion an­i­ma­tion. Formed by Peter Lord and David Sprox­ton in 1972, Aard­man con­tin­ues to be on the cut­ting-edge of both stop-mo­tion and CG-an­i­mated TV se­ries (such as Shaun the Sheep and Timmy Time), movies ( The Pi­rates! Band of Mis­fits) and com­mer­cials. While the book came out in 2010, it of­fers a re­veal­ing look at the mak­ing of some of the stu­dio’s big­gest hits such as the Wal­lace and Gromit films, Chicken Run and

Flushed Away. Chap­ters on ba­sic clay an­i­ma­tion, model mak­ing, set de­signs, an­i­mat­ing move­ments and ex­pres­sions and us­ing CGI are es­pe­cially ed­u­ca­tional. The fact that the book also serves as a great com­pen­dium of im­ages from our fa­vorite shorts and movies is just ic­ing on the cake.

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