We gave it a B+
High-tech wizardry has produced impressive CGI stories in the last few years, but nothing compares to the old-fashioned stop-action approach held sacred by the Oscar winners at Aardman Animation Studios. Creator Nick Park’s three short films in Wallace & Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures following the perpetually befuddled Englishman Wallace and his silent but wily canine compatriot, Gromit, as they run afoul of aliens, killer penguins, and haywire gadgetry rival the best comic buddy movies — pixelated or live-action. EXTRAS A collection of all 10 of 2002’s Cracking Contraptions short films (and we mean really short) about Wallace’s wonderfully wacky inventions, plus a behind-the-scenes doc, will delight the uninitiated especially. But Park’s commentary track, available on previous editions, sadly goes missing here. And we have to sound off! Losing several vital music moments in The Wrong Trousers is a doggone shame — Gromit’s banishment to the yard by the evil penguin, for example, has far less bite now that the radio plays generic organ music and not ”(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window.” Grrr.