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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 October 2005, 09:47 GMT 10:47 UK
Creature Comforts gets US remake
Creature Comforts
Creature Comforts began life in 1989 as an Oscar-winning short
Animated ITV1 series Creature Comforts is to be remade for the US.

The series, made by Aardman Animations, will be remade using American voices - with coyotes and grizzly bears instead of sheep, stoats and rabbits.

A spokesman said plans were at an early stage and that the US programmes would be longer than their UK counterparts.

The US version will be created at the company's Bristol facility. The second series of Creature Comforts begins on ITV1 on 30 October.

The first Creature Comforts, directed by Nick Park, won an Academy Award for best animated short film in 1990.

Commercials

The characters subsequently appeared in a series of commercials to promote electric-powered central heating systems.

The news follows the release of another Aardman production, the Wallace and Gromit feature film Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

However, Aardman's spokesman said the decision to launch an American Creature Comforts was not related to the film's success at the US and UK box office.

Last week a fire at the studio's Bristol warehouse destroyed artwork, sets and archives dating back 30 years.


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