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Last Updated: Monday, 13 March 2006, 18:07 GMT
4,000 fire fee for Wallace model
Wallace and Gromit
Wallace and Gromit models are made by the Aardman team
Oscar-winning Aardman Animations has been given 4,000 to replace the Wallace prop lost in a warehouse fire.

The company has also been given around 2,000 for a canine Gromit prop as part of an undisclosed insurance payout for the damage to the Bristol premises.

It got 100,000 for the Chicken Run pie machine lost in the fire last October, which was caused by faulty wiring.

Insurer Norwich Union says it based the sums on the cost of "reinstating" the props and not their market value.

Hundreds of Wallace and Gromit props and models were lost in the fire at the the Grade-II listed building.

The warehouse contained a collection built up over 30 years and included props, models, scenery and awards.

Other items destroyed included articles relating to the characters Morph and Lurpak man - which advertised butter in the UK - as well as storyboards, sets and news articles from the films Chicken Run and Creature Comforts.

Production process

Aardman head of exhibitions Kieran Argo said the work involved in making a Wallace model was "very time-consuming".

"A complex ball and socket armature, or skeleton, needs to be made before a hard foam material is used to bulk out the body shape," he said.

"On top of this, different materials such as silicone rubber and foam latex are moulded and used to make items of clothing and shoes.

"The expressive parts, the face and hands, are made from plasticine."

Argo added that the pie machine from the 2000 film Chicken Run took months to design and develop and had moving parts.

Norwich Union said it was "thrilled" to have settled the claim quickly.

Last week Aardman received its fourth Oscar when Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit won the best animated feature film category.

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