This morning I was reading the feed for Tom's Hardware Guide and ran across a link to an interesting article about the making of the Wallace & Gromit film, The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. The article has a number of photos that show real people interacting with the scale model set, which helps one understand the painstaking artistry involved in stop-motion animation.
I initially clicked on the link to the article because I was intrigued to see that Aardman was making use of CGI techniques in their film. Rather than use models exclusively, they chose CGI animation for special effects, especially atmospheric effects and some large-scale motion effects. I saw the movie this past weekend and I did wonder at whether they had blended animation types or if special camera techniques had been developed to produce certain scenes.
I like the gentle humor of Wallace & Gromit, though I understand that it leaves some people bored. As an example of the movie's low-key humor, I noticed the article mentions the film's creators were proud to have made the first vegetarian horror film. It made me chuckle.