Title: Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention

Format: Blu-ray

Created by: Nick Park

Starring: Peter Sallis, Ashley Jensen, Jem Stansfield

Studio: Lionsgate, Aardman

Series Rating: ★★★★½

Blu-ray Rating: ★★★½☆

Review by: Bill Jones

The Series

Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention saw a six-episode run in 2010 that brought together Aardman Animations’ flagship characters, Wallace and Gromit, and live video coverage of inventors and their wild inventions from around the world. The result is a show hosted by Nick Park’s fantastic clay characters and their special brand of humor, rolling to clips of fascinating people in the vein of classic educational shows using cartoon characters to draw in the kids.

The episodes come themed, from nature to space, home inventions to the senses, safety to transportation. The jokes are on par with what Wallace & Gromit fans have come to expect, while the clips find some insanely interesting people and stories to put on display. The show is ultimately fascinating, and it’s just a shame that it didn’t last longer.

The Blu-ray

The Blu-ray includes all six episodes from the series in 1080i high-definition and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. There is really only one other special feature, “Your World of Invention,” but broken into six sections. Essentially, it takes ideas from the episodes and boils them down to simplified DIY projects almost anyone can try at home. It’s not much, but it’s a nice extra considering the content of the series.

For more info, www.lionsgate.com

Pads & Panels received a copy of the Blu-ray courtesy of the studio for review purposes.