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Wallace and Gromit movie hits UK
Wallace and Gromit
Wallace and Gromit's first movie took two years to animate
Wallace and Gromit's first feature film is released across the UK on Friday.

Creators Aardman are hoping The Curse of the Were-Rabbit will provide some cheer after a devastating fire at their warehouse in Bristol on Monday.

The animated adventure is already top of the US box office chart, taking $16.1m (9.1m) in its first weekend.

Sets, props and characters from the new film escaped the blaze because they were being exhibited elsewhere, but much of Aardman's history was lost.

Sets and artwork from Wallace and Gromit's previous films plus other Aardman creations such as Chicken Run and Morph went up in smoke.

Monster

Wallace and Gromit have appeared in three half-hour films and won two Oscars since making their debuts in 1989.

The Curse of the Were-Rabbit pits them against a monster rabbit that is ravaging the town's vegetable gardens, and took two years to animate.

Peter Sallis, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter and Peter Kay provide voices for the movie.

It is the second film to come from Aardman's five-movie deal with Steven Spielberg's studio DreamWorks, the first being Chicken Run in 2000.


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