Competition: Wallace and Gromit boxed sets

The Wrong Trousers and A Grand Day Out, the award-winning animated films starring Wallace and Gromit, are released this week by BBC Video. They come in a boxed set, with a W&G postcard book, price pounds 19.99. But we have 20 to give away.

One man, his dog and two Oscars: Nick Park's animated films have earned him two Oscars and plenty of creature comforts - and the novelty has yet to wear off, writes Jim White

Nick Park opened the glass front of the display cabinet in his Bristol studio. 'Go on. You hold them.'

Curator's Choice: Momi

Since the museum tries to be entertaining, as well as educational, what I like most is seeing the reactions on visitors' faces. This is most in evidence with a display about animation. The history of animation is told in six different areas. In the corner of the room we actually have a real student animator in residence who works on a project for three months.

FILM / Disney's new hit: very pulpable

IT'S NOT often that a voice steals a cartoon. Donald Duck had his squawk and Yogi Bear his deep, dumb burr, but both toed the drawing's line. Mickey Mouse was no conversationalist, and Tom and Jerry, until their recent disastrous feature film, spoke in blows. In Aladdin (U), Robin Williams changes all that, matching his hair-trigger vocal impressions to the protean form of the Genie of the Lamp. With more metamorphoses than Ovid, he riffs through film and TV voices - De Niro, Schwarzenegger, Phil Donahue - while his blubbery blue body races to catch up. It's fun - though the catchphrases hit the mark more often than the mimicry - but also a little wearing. The Genie, like the film, is too eager to please.

Cartoon cult with an increasing appetite for sex and violence: Teenagers in Britain are tuning in to a new wave of Japanese videos.

LATER this month at a London night-club a party will be held for some of the 18,000 members of the Manga Club to celebrate an extraordinary cult success: a Japanese animation series which last month had three videos in the top 10.

BOOK REVIEW / Bookshop Window: Aladdin and other tales from the Arabian Nights: Everyman, pounds 8.99.

We all think we've read Aladdin, but this classic edition, with Heath Robinson's strangely down-to-earth illustrations, reminds us of what we have forgotten: it's easy, for one thing, to forget what a little creep Aladdin really is. This is just one in the continuing series of Everyman Children's Classics: other new titles include The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster, Cinderella by C S Evans (illustrated by Arthur Rackham) and The Railway Children by E Nesbit. Impeccable books, lovely paper, world-famous prose - what more could anyone want? They've even got lovely chequerboard endpapers, which will look great once they've been scrawled on with a felt-tip pen.

City File: Mosaic Investments

MORE THAN a decade after the last Tom & Jerry TV cartoon was made, the battling cat and mouse returned to star in a new full-length movie. Their revival mirrors that of Mosaic Investments, whose subsidiary Copyright Promotions has the rights to Tom & Jerry T-shirts, gifts and the like.

'Bambi' going strong

The 50-year-old cartoon Bambi, which opened at 276 cinemas on Friday, has taken more than pounds 260,000. A Disney spokesman said they expected the film to 'do exceptionally well' despite the rival attraction of Jurassic Park.

Aladdin sane?

Los Angeles (Reuter) - Walt Disney has agreed to alter two lines of lyrics in Aladdin after complaints of racism from Arab- American groups. The lyrics in the film's opening song, 'Arabian Nights', were: 'Oh, I come from a land / From a faraway place / Where the caravan camels roam / Where they cut off your ear / If they don't like your face / It's barbaric, but hey, it's home.'

The Broader Picture: Semiotics for Beginners

'I HOPE you're not confusing idents and animations,' says Pam Masters, Head of Presentation at BBC Television. I was, and anyone might, because we're talking about the kind of images you see every day, but can never quite put a name to - specifically all those 2's on BBC2.

FILM / Animated success

It's not that Barry Purves was exactly ungrateful for the tiny trailer for Screen Play, his Oscar-nominated film, in the Times Arts Diary, but it could have been couched more tactfully. ''Our cooking may be poor and our weather terrible, but at least we can make a good cartoon,' it said. Cartoon],' Purves harumphs. 'That's the word you try to fight against. You say you're an animator and people ask, 'did you make Dangermouse?' Still, at least it was a mention.

'Belle and the Beast in the Ballroom',

'Belle and the Beast in the Ballroom', an animation cel (detail omitted) from the Walt Disney stable, which fetched dollars 44,000 ( pounds 27,182) at a Sotheby's sale in New York. Although this frame was specially commissioned for a sale of 250 from Disney's Beauty and the Beast - the highest-grossing animated film - its estimated price was put at between dollars 2,500 and dollars 3,500.

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