I attended Peter Lord's (co-founder and director of the Academy Award-winning Aardman Animations - Morph, Shaun the Sheep and Wallace and Gromit) talk at YCN last week as he presented a few of his favourite books / film. Should I have known the talk wasn't focussed on his animation, I may not have actually attended... but I did enjoy listening to Peter talk about how literature has influenced his work. He was a very enthusiastic and passionate speaker, so I can see how his personality has lent itself to his characters. I really loved his last film selection of The Mascot by Ladislas Starewicz from 1934 - a very bizarre and intense stop-motion puppet animation.