A Morning Stroll claims to be based on a true story, as unlikely as that seems! Nominated for an Academy Award as well as winning a BAFTA, it is a clever and enjoyable romp through the decades and different styles of animation starting off in the 1950s. It seems there has been a chicken living and going about his business in New York for many years. Orchard mainly works on television spots, which is perhaps why he can turn his hand to various styles.
Although Michael Please is American, this BAFTA winning all white stop motion animation feels British because it is voiced by veteran British actor David Cann. It is a mind-bending and strangely dark comedy about a man's obsession with time and death and the extreme lengths he goes to in order to counter them. He appears to have the answer in a beetle he finds but fails to share his discovery and whether he finally succeeds or not is open to interpretation.
Emma Lazenby had been working as an animator on the children's animated television show Charlie and Lola before directing her BAFTA-winning film about the day in a life of a midwife, who I think is pregnant herself. Despite the unrealistic animation style, the birthing scenes are actually pretty graphic. There is not a great deal of story in this six minute film so I think it must have appealed to the women on the judging panel, or the men trying to be feministic.
English animator Nick Park has won several BAFTA and Oscars for his fantastic stop-motion animations featuring his famous duo, Wallace & Gromit. In A Matter of Loaf and Death, co-written by Bob Baker, the gadget-loving pair have opened up a bakery and turned their house into a windmill. But there is a mystery to solve. Someone is killing local bakers and, with Wallace falling in love, it's up to Gromit (isn't it always?) to do the detective work.