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Wallace & Gromit Sets, Props Lost in English Warehouse Fire

 
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Wallace & Gromit Sets, Props Lost in English Warehouse Fire
Wallace & Gromit Sets, Props Lost in English Warehouse Fire

Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Wallace & Gromit sets and props were among almost 30 years of materials lost when the warehouse used by Aardman Animations Ltd. burned down in Bristol, England.

``Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,´´ an Aardman and DreamWorks SKG production, opened as the No. 1 movie in U.S. and Canadian theaters, taking in $16.1 million in Oct. 7-9 ticket sales, according to figures released yesterday by box- office tracker Exhibitor Relations Co.

While material from ``The Curse of the Were-Rabbit´´ wasn´t lost because it wasn´t yet in storage, the blaze today ruined what should have been a day of celebration for Aardman after the film´s box-office results, the company Events and Exhibitions Manager Kieran Argo said in a telephone interview from Bristol.

``Our warehouse where we store all of our sets, props, story boards and models from earlier productions has been totally destroyed,´´ Argo said from the southwestern city. ``We´ve lost 30 years of history from Morph in the 1970s up to and including the latest series of `Creature Comforts´.´´

Firefighters were called to a blaze at a ``large Victorian warehouse,´´ with two or three floors, near Bristol´s main Temple Meads railway station at about 5:30 a.m. local time today, Wenna Coombs, a spokeswoman for Avon Fire and Rescue Service said in a telephone interview from the site of the blaze.

``Flames were thought to have come up to 100 feet high at one point,´´ Coombs said. ``The roof of the building collapsed.´´ As many as 60 firefighters and 10 fire engines were used to combat the flames at one point, she said.

`Nostalgia and Memories´

Argo said nobody was injured in the blaze and that all that was lost was ``nostalgia and memories.´´ Coombs said the cause of the blaze is under investifation.

``They had to tackle the fire from the outside because one of the walls was in danger of collapse,´´ Coombs said. ``The fire is now out, but we´re going to be here well into the night damping it down.´´

Aardman Animations was founded in 1976 by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, and the following year they created the character ``Morph,´´ a plasticine figure that went on to feature in a British Broadcasting Corp. series.

Animator Nick Park, creator of Wallace & Gromit, joined the studio in 1985. Park has since won three Academy Awards for his animations: for ``Creature Comforts´´ in 1990, and for two Wallace & Gromit films -- ``The Wrong Trousers´´ in 1993 and ``A Close Shave´´ two years later.

The films feature plasticine characters in the form of Wallace, a cheese-loving inventor, and his dog Gromit. ``The Curse of the Were-Rabbit´´ follows the duo as they pursue a giant rabbit that menaces local gardens.

To contact the reporter on this story:
Alex Morales in London at amorales2@bloomberg.net.


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10/10/2005 11:46 AM
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Re: Wallace & Gromit Sets, Props Lost in English Warehouse Fire
yes curiouser and curioser - just as it tops the american box offices ... a dastardly insider in the pay of e.g. dreamworks does the nasty ...
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10/10/2005 11:51 AM
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Re: Wallace & Gromit Sets, Props Lost in English Warehouse Fire
I saw that movie. Loved it.
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10/10/2005 12:16 PM
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Re: Wallace & Gromit Sets, Props Lost in English Warehouse Fire
damn that suxx!... it was the robot from the cheese-moon!!

Got to see the movies this week...
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10/10/2005 01:03 PM
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Re: Wallace & Gromit Sets, Props Lost in English Warehouse Fire
They probably have insurance, but, that can´t make up for all that they´ve lost.

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