The creators of Wallace & Gromit have denied that the upcoming movie that includes the duo would be the final as a result of a scarcity of their distinctive model of clay.
A report within the Telegraph had claimed that Aardman Animations had been going through a “disaster” after the uncommon type of modelling materials that they use to create their characters stopped being made.
The studio, which additionally created Rooster Run, Shaun the Sheep and Arthur Christmas, makes use of Lewis Newplast, a plasticine-like substance that’s simple to mould however holds its form below heat studio lights. The one manufacturing facility that makes it, in Torquay, shut down earlier this 12 months.
However with Rooster Run sequel Daybreak of the Nugget due out on Netflix on December 15 and an as-yet untitled new Wallace & Gromit movie due out in 2024, Aardman have moved to disclaim that the scarcity of Lewis Newplast spells an finish for the studio.
“We’re touched about current concern over the way forward for our beloved clay creations, however needed to reassure followers that there’s completely no want to fret,” learn an announcement posted on social media.
— Aardman (@aardman) November 20, 2023
“We have now excessive ranges of present shares of modelling clay to service present and future productions and, very like Wallace in his workshop, we now have been tinkering away behind the scenes for fairly a while with plans in place to make sure a clean transition to new shares to proceed to make our iconic productions.”
Aardman Animations was based in 1972 by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, first gaining traction in 1989 with the primary Wallace & Gromit brief A Grand Day Out, and Creature Comforts the next 12 months.
2000’s Rooster Run, which starred Mel Gibson and Julia Sawalha, adopted a gaggle of chickens as they tried to launch a determined escape from a Yorkshire poultry farm.
The discharge remains to be the highest-grossing stop-motion movie of all time, whereas the Rooster Run sequel was first confirmed again in 2018.
Daybreak of the Nugget comes from the identical writing workforce as the unique, Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, and it’ll characteristic the voices of Thandiwe Newton, Zachary Levi and Bella Ramsey amongst others.