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Stage Fright

UK, 1997 (MIFF 1998, Animation)

Director: Steve Box

A former dog juggling star of the music hall, made obsolete by the coming of cinema, has to face up to change, conquer his inner demons and move on. In his way stands Arnold Hew, the talentless and manipulative star of the silver screen who has stolen his act and destroyed his confidence. Another slick product from the famous Aardman studios (Wallace and Grommitt) this film has many of the endearing quirks unique to claymation. Rich in elaborate sets, the real stars of this short are half a dozen lovable Chihuahuas.

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