10/10/2005: Aarman Fire Update...
As an addendum to Brock's post about the fire that destroyed the Aardman warehouse, I got this e-mail update:
"On the day that Aardman celebrate a chart-topping opening weekend in the US with Wallace & Gromit 'The Curse of the Were-rabbit', news of a fire at our storage unit in Bristol has been devastating.
The facility used to store sets, awards, and historical artefacts, is not a part of the Aardman studio, and we are glad to report that no Aardman staff have been affected. However, we have lost a number of irreplaceable storyboards, awards, props and pieces of film memorabilia from our 30 year history.
None of the material from the new Wallace & Gromit film 'The Curse of the Wererabbit' was in storage at the time, but we have lost many original sets from Chicken Run, Creature Comforts, and the three Wallace & Gromit short films, that were used for reference and toured around the world for exhibition.
This will not in any way affect existing or future Aardman productions as 100% of sets and props are purpose built for each production.
Wallace & Gromit 'The Curse of the Were-rabbit'.
Boo and Whooey for the fire. Sorry Aardman for the loss.
Karen on 10.10.05 @ 11:39 AM CST