! = recommended
* = all-ages
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My latest SIFF adventure was extra special for me because it was my son’s very first movie in a movie theater. We went to see the Family Picture Show, which is a series of 10 short films all made (ostensibly) for children, culminating with the newest Wallace & Gromit short, A Matter of Loaf and Death.
My son and I both wished they’d started with the Wallace & Gromit movie, so I’ll go ahead and lead with that. As you might expect, it was totally awesome. Nick Park has established the convention for his characters’ adventures so well now that he can leap right into the action, so this one is a little faster paced and more kinetic than some of the earlier ones. My son adored it, even though he had had more than enough of sitting still by that time. This time our heroes are bakers, and their town is being terrorized by a serial killer targeting—oh no!—bakers. Many hijinks involving awesome inventions and canine ingenuity ensue.
Most of the sorts were enjoyable and sweet and more or less memorable depending largely on your taste. Here’s a quickie (short?) run-down of those, then I’ll do my worsts and bests.
My least favorites:
And here are my favorites: