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Nicolas Wulston Park [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever CBE]] (b. December 6th, 1958) is an British stop-motion animator and director, best known as the creator of WesternAnimation/WallaceAndGromit and his various other works through Creator/AardmanAnimations.

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Nicolas Wulston Park [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever CBE]] (b. 6 December 6th, 1958) is an British stop-motion animator and director, best known as the creator of WesternAnimation/WallaceAndGromit and his various other works through Creator/AardmanAnimations.


Park was born and raised in Preston, Lancashire and began making Super 8 films when he was six, making StopMotionAnimation with clay and paper cutouts when it was obvious that the necessary tools for cel animation were too expensive. He attended The National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield in the early '80s, but ran out of time and money to complete his thesis film.

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Park was born and raised in Preston, Lancashire and began making Super 8 films when he was six, making StopMotionAnimation with clay and paper cutouts when it was obvious that the necessary tools for cel animation were too expensive. He attended The National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield in the early '80s, but ran out of time and money to complete his thesis film.
film. (He was however an animator on Alison Snowden's Oscar-nominated short ''WesternAnimation/SecondClassMail''.

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* BreakTheHaughty: Anguish is surprisingly common in his films, almost always in the form of the OnlySaneMan reaching the end of their rope and breaking down in tears.


* OnlySixFaces: While not too bad at this, his character designs have such distinctly common features (small eyes close together, wide, banana-shaped mouths, bald) that it's common for ignorant viewers to assume that every project he's created it a ''Wallace and Gromit'' installment. This is most apparent in ''A Close Shave,'' where Wendoline is literally just Wallace in a wig. He apparently made a conscious effort to avoid this in the more densely-populated ''The Curse of The Were Rabbit'', resulting in a CastOfSnowflakes.

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* OnlySixFaces: While not too bad at this, his character designs have such distinctly common features (small eyes close together, wide, banana-shaped mouths, bald) that it's common for ignorant viewers to assume that every project he's created it a ''Wallace and Gromit'' installment. This is most apparent in ''A Close Shave,'' where Wendoline is literally just Wallace in a wig. He apparently made a conscious effort to avoid this in the more densely-populated ''The Curse of The Were Rabbit'', resulting in a CastOfSnowflakes. Supposedly, when Peter Lord first saw the hairy designs he gave the cavemen in ''WesternAnimation/EarlyMan'', his first reaction was "My god, he's finally given them hair!"


* OnlySixFaces: While not too bad at this, his character designs have such distinctly common features (small eyes close together, wide, banana-shaped mouths) that it's common for ignorant viewers to assume that every project he's created it a ''Wallace and Gromit'' installment. This is most apparent in ''A Close Shave,'' where Wendoline is literally just Wallace in a wig. He apparently made a conscious effort to avoid this in the more densely-populated ''The Curse of The Were Rabbit'', resulting in a CastOfSnowflakes.

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* OnlySixFaces: While not too bad at this, his character designs have such distinctly common features (small eyes close together, wide, banana-shaped mouths) mouths, bald) that it's common for ignorant viewers to assume that every project he's created it a ''Wallace and Gromit'' installment. This is most apparent in ''A Close Shave,'' where Wendoline is literally just Wallace in a wig. He apparently made a conscious effort to avoid this in the more densely-populated ''The Curse of The Were Rabbit'', resulting in a CastOfSnowflakes.


* TheComicallySerious: Most of his films are based around incredibly silly concepts taken dead-seriously. In his own words, he doesn't like when comedy films "tell you that it's a comedy."

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* TheComicallySerious: Most He describes his comedic style as "comedies that don't tell you that they're comedies," as most of his films are based around incredibly silly concepts taken dead-seriously. In his own words, he doesn't like when comedy films "tell you that it's a comedy."dead-seriously.


Nicolas Wulston Park (b. December 6th, 1958) is an British stop-motion animator and director, best known as the creator of WesternAnimation/WallaceAndGromit and his various other works through Creator/AardmanAnimations.

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Nicolas Wulston Park [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever CBE]] (b. December 6th, 1958) is an British stop-motion animator and director, best known as the creator of WesternAnimation/WallaceAndGromit and his various other works through Creator/AardmanAnimations.


Park's thesis film, ''WesternAnimation/AGrandDayOut'' was eventually completed in 1989 and aired as a special on BBC to excellent critical and audience reception. Ever ambitious, he had managed to create a second short film, ''WesternAnimation/CreatureComforts'', while completing his first. And if that weren't impressive enough, ''both'' were nominated for the 1990 UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for "Best Animated Shorts" (''Creature Comforts'' won). Park has since had a prolific career, most of which are further installments of ''Wallace and Gromit'' and ''Creature Comforts''.

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Park's thesis film, ''WesternAnimation/AGrandDayOut'' was eventually completed in 1989 and aired as a special on BBC to excellent critical and audience reception. Ever ambitious, he had managed to create a second short film, ''WesternAnimation/CreatureComforts'', while completing his first. And if that weren't impressive enough, ''both'' were nominated for the 1990 UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for "Best Animated Shorts" (''Creature Comforts'' won). Park has since had a prolific respectable career, most of which are including further installments of ''Wallace and Gromit'' and ''Creature Comforts''.

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* OnlySixFaces: While not too bad at this, his character designs have such distinctly common features (small eyes close together, wide, banana-shaped mouths) that it's common for ignorant viewers to assume that every project he's created it a ''Wallace and Gromit'' installment. This is most apparent in ''A Close Shave,'' where Wendoline is literally just Wallace in a wig. He apparently made a conscious effort to avoid this in the more densely-populated ''The Curse of The Were Rabbit'', resulting in a CastOfSnowflakes.


* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: All his films are heading heavily towards the idealistic end.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: All Heavily idealistic. While his films are heading heavily towards the idealistic end.know when and how to play up drama, their main purpose is entertainment.


* TechnologyPorn: Cool-looking machines are a personal favorite of his. Most famously are Wallace's absurd inventions, which are often described as "trying to crack a walnut with a sledgehammer," and the pie machine from ''Film/ChickenRun''.

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* TechnologyPorn: Cool-looking machines are a personal favorite of his. Most famously are Wallace's absurd inventions, which are often described as "trying to crack a walnut with a sledgehammer," and the pie machine from ''Film/ChickenRun''.''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun''.


* VisualPun: He appears to love to do background visual jokes.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'' Wallace is naked and picks up a box to cover himself that reads "may contain nuts"

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* TechnologyPorn: Cool-looking machines are a personal favorite of his. Most famously are Wallace's absurd inventions, which are often described as "trying to crack a walnut with a sledgehammer," and the pie machine from ''Film/ChickenRun''.
* VisualPun: He appears to love to do background visual jokes.
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jokes. For example, in ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'' Wallace is naked and picks up a box to cover himself that reads "may contain nuts"


* SignatureStyle: He creates very likable movies usually with plasticine clay for his characters. His films are charming animated films instantly recognizable by characters with wide mouths and eyes close together. His jokes range from AffectionateParody humor to clever and even intelligent
wit in the background details.

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* SignatureStyle: He creates very likable movies usually with plasticine clay for his characters. His films characters are charming animated films instantly recognizable by characters with wide for their banana-shaped mouths and eyes a little too close together. His jokes range from AffectionateParody humor to clever and even intelligent
wit in the
Most of his films are ComicallySerious genre parodies loaded with [[FreezeFrameBonus background details.gags]].


* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: All his films are heading heavily towards the idealistic end.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: All his films are heading heavily towards the idealistic end.end.
* VisualPun: He appears to love to do background visual jokes.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'' Wallace is naked and picks up a box to cover himself that reads "may contain nuts"
** There are a ton of them when Dug walks into the bronze city in ''WesternAnimation/EarlyMan''.


* SignatureStyle: He creates very likable movies usually with plasticine clay for his characters. His films are charming, funny, and kid-friendly animated films instantly recognizable by characters with wide mouths and eyes close together.

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* SignatureStyle: He creates very likable movies usually with plasticine clay for his characters. His films are charming, funny, and kid-friendly charming animated films instantly recognizable by characters with wide mouths and eyes close together.together. His jokes range from AffectionateParody humor to clever and even intelligent
wit in the background details.

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